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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:32 am | Updated: 4:16 pm, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

Approval by the Borough Assembly Thursday of a modified wood stove removal and replacement program will benefit the community.

Another step that needs to be taken is for the borough and state governments to cooperate more, sharing information and public outreach with each other about a parallel program funded by the state Legislature.

During the past two years, Rep. Tammie Wilson has secured $1.3 million in public funds for a new nonprofit group called the Alaska Resource Agency that also is dealing with the replacement of wood stoves and other heating devices. It is not identical to the borough program, but it has some similarities.

As it stands today, the Alaska Resource Agency, headed by Ward Sattler, is not sharing information with the borough. The group says it plans to file a report on its actions with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, not with the borough.

This lack of a cooperative approach is wasteful, inefficient and perplexing. The Parnell administration, which is responsible for administering the grants, should require that the Alaska Resource Agency coordinate its efforts with the borough.

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