Fairbanks, Alaska works to improve air quality this winter

Fairbanks, Alaska works to improve air quality this winter


There is virtually no part of the U.S. that is not affected by pollution, which is why people living in any part of America should consider using a natural detox product. Recently, the Fairbanks Daily News published an article discussing plans to reduce pollution in the Fairbanks North Star borough in Alaska, which is comprised of the city of Fairbanks and the North Pole. Air quality in this area is particularly bad during the winter when more people are burning more wood to stay warm.

According to the news source, one of the ideas in placing a half-dozen wood-drying kilns throughout the town to reduce the amount of pollution caused by wood stoves and boilers. Borough air quality manager Jim Conner told the news source that dry wood produces less pollution and burns hotter than wet wood.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that older, uncertified, wood stoves release 15 to 30 grams of smoke per hour, which can release a great deal of pollutants into the air. The organization recommends that people burn only dry, seasoned wood if they want to limit the negative effects of their wood stove, particularly if it is an older one not certified by the EPA.

"There’s a tremendous dry wood shortage in the winter," said Conner, quoted by the Daily News. "We’re trying to make more dry wood available. If we had six of these kilns running for six months, we could dry 5,400 cords of wood and put that much more dry wood out there."

However, issues still remain. Conner added that The Borough Assembly still has not determined who will run the kilns and how the public will use them. According to the news source, the air quality in Fairbanks has been an issue for years. Hopefully using kilns will help the borough meet the air quality standards set by the EPA by 2014.