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Fairbanks, North Pole get into the PPM Game

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Feb 6. 

To the editor: I appreciate recent articles on air quality, but for the community to succeed in reducing air pollution we need more information. How about a daily, one-line notice, above the Weather Forecast column; eg: “ As of 4 p.m. yesterday Fairbanks is Stage 1; North Pole is Stage 2 “ or “Fairbanks —No alerts; North Pole — No alerts.” The air quality alert may change later that day, but at least we get some guidance.

Let’s encourage local television and radio stations to mention air quality on each of their weather briefings daily.

How about assigning your sports reporter to develop a monthly scorecard on how we are all doing. First, he needs to find out where the goal post is in order to measure progress. Is it average daily Parts Per Million (PPM)? Number of hours above a bad value of PPM? Percent reduction in PPM year over year? We can’t reach a goal if we don’t have a measure of progress. No one wants to play ball if they can’t know the score until the season has ended.

How about the News-Miner sponsoring a contest to see who can design the cheapest, best-ventilated, Alaska-artistic, solar powered, pallet-and-cover wood pile that will achieve less than 20 percent moisture content in a single season. The award could be a face-cord to the top-three entries and a picture in the News-Miner.

We need a coach, team enthusiasm, good scorekeeping and cheerleading to win this PPM game.



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