2011 Jan. 20: AK Fairbanks: COMMENTS on Air quality expected to be unhealthy in Fairbanks until this evening
by Staff Report Fairbanks Daily News Miner
Jan 20, 2011 | 1882 views |
FAIRBANKS — Air quality in Fairbanks is expected to be unhealthy today until at least 5 p.m.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough released an advisory Wednesday afternoon stating that particulate levels exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limit.
The advisory states that people with respiratory or heart disease, as well as elderly and children, should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion.
The weather forecast suggests air quality will remain poor today, as there will be little dispersion.
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« childofsol wrote on Thursday, Jan 20 at 07:12 PM » I love people that complain about people bicycling on roads or sidewalks. And people that prevent any funding of public transportation.
« Breathe wrote on Thursday, Jan 20 at 01:06 PM »
The logic of the burners is wonderful.
God made many other poisonous things on this earth. Good point. I will begin using them on my burning neighbors. Thank you for the idea.
« childofsol wrote on Thursday, Jan 20 at 12:36 PM »
Yes there are a lot of endocrine disruptors in our environment. Maybe a little bit better *regulation* of the chemical industry would help.
No, it does not translate into “your better off outdoors than indoors”.
Endocrine disruption and cardio-pulmonary diseases are two different things.
« Breathe wrote on Thursday, Jan 20 at 11:11 AM »
You are RIGHT on everything, FBX79.
I am in the Lineman, Dawson area, too. Very large structures are being heated by wood, coal, and trash around here. I was out driving last night and those large homes had huge, ugly plumes of nasty smoke all around and above them. This should not be allowed in residential areas. And the church. WWJD? Poison His neighbors?
How can the burners not notice the plumes of smoke? How can they not make the connection that the frequent headaches they have been getting in the last few years is from their own smoke? And that nagging cough, the cold that never quite goes away? How can they not notice that their breathing is a little or a lot more labored than it used to be? Are they that lethargic that they never move enough to have some heavy breathing?
I would like to walk outside in my neighborhood again. I would like my kids to play outside again. I/we used to do so if the temperature was 10 below or better (the kids would play at even colder temps). Haven’t been able to any of that, really, from about September to May for the last two years. This is the 3rd year now.
You are not safe from smoke in your home, either, though. It gets in. I can smell smoke in my home, even though it is well insulated and I have air cleaners.
Those saving money by burning wood, coal, and trash are doing it at a cost to themselves in the long run with doctor bills. The rest of us have costs, too, to run air cleaners. The good ones are not cheap. The electricity is not cheap. And we will/already are incurring health costs, as well.
What will it take to make this insanity stop?
« Breathe wrote on Thursday, Jan 20 at 10:49 AM »
Report your air quality concerns every day there’s a problem to:
And write to the Borough mayor’s office, and to your Representatives and Senators.
« Adversary wrote on Thursday, Jan 20 at 06:49 AM »
Ripoff -Yes it is terrible. It is an outdoor fireplace (like the ones the borough wanted to ban) that is near the old bar…I forget the name of it. Anyhow, it is always churning out smoke and an ungodly smell. The owners of it are being completely selfish. My only hope is that they have respiratory problems because of it.
« FBX79 wrote on Thursday, Jan 20 at 06:49 AM »
FMay, again I don’t understand why you are writing on this post. You live in Ontario, Canada. How does the air quality in Fairbanks affect you?
As far as the air in the Fairbanks area goes, this weekend I drove around my neighborhood in North Pole (near Lineman and Dawson). This smoke is not coming from poor folk trying to heat their homes. It is from big houses that have big RVs, toy haulers, even boats parked next to them. They pollute the neighborhood’s air so they can buy more toys. And it comes from a church! (What would Jesus think?) This has to stop! As far as the air on the Steese near Farmer’s Loop goes, it comes from the old Steese Lounge, where the occupant burns coal and garbage in his outdoor boiler. He saves money, we get to breathe the polluted air.
« 99712 wrote on Thursday, Jan 20 at 02:48 AM »
All that talk that the Governor cares about families… its just talk.
Families in Fairbanks- grandparents, children, babies, pregnant women- are all breathing filthy, dangerous air because Parnell does not care. So far he provides only lip service.
The air is so dirty that residents are more likely to contract lung cancer and certain leukemias. Go down to the cancer treatment center sometime and you’ll be depressed by all those you see dealing with their cancer and endless rounds of chemo.