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Fairbanks Borough to consider reworked version of wood stove program

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:53 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will consider a yet-to-be-seen reworked version of the wood stove change-out program during its meeting tonight.

The body is reconsidering how it will administer the program in the wake of the passage of Proposition 3 in the October municipal elections, which limits the ability of the borough to ensure the program is working as intended.

The program offers homeowners a check to either replace or remove their wood stoves or other solid-fuel burning heaters to improve air pollution. It was put into question after the passage of Proposition 3, which bars the borough from regulating air pollution from home heating devices in any way. The program had relied on some regulations to ensure air quality improved and fraud was avoided.

During a work session meeting on the issue last week, the borough’s transportation director, Glenn Miller, told the assembly he was concerned the program could be undercut without the regulations, but said it was up to them to determine whether the borough would continue with the program.

Miller had suggested the borough consider lowering the reimbursement level for the program — he said the borough already has one of the highest reimbursement levels of any municipality — or consider ways to narrowly target it to ensure the money is spent wisely.

The assembly will meet tonight in its chambers starting at 6. It will begin hearing public testimony on the ordinance after 7 p.m. and is expected to vote on the issue.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544 or follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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