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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:11 am | Updated: 4:16 pm, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

Proposition No. 3 on the Fairbanks North Star Borough ballot Oct. 2 would prohibit the borough from doing any regulation of air pollution from wood smoke.

If this measure is approved, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will have to change its policies and actions with regard to local pollution enforcement.

To date, the agency has sent letters to a couple of highly visible polluters but has done little else.

To better inform the public, the department needs to come forward with specifics on what steps it would take if the measure is approved. That would enhance the debate about the proposition.

The consequences of prohibiting the borough from playing a significant role in this community issue are serious. They need to be revealed and understood by the public before the vote, not after the fact.

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