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Originally posted by mpriebe81
Originally posted by svenglezz
And you are correct on the efficiency on wood burning appliances today.
Not to mention the "pellets" they are even sold as a green-alternative.
Yeah my mother and stepfather back home burn the pellets, it is practically smokeless and gets their big 2 story house cooking!
In early winter 2008, Fairbanks has had some of the worst air quality ever recorded, according to Jim Conner, an air quality specialist for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
"We exceeded (federal air quality) standards in October this year for the first time," Conner said. "It looks like we'll have twice as many exceedances this year, about 50 (days)."
The bad air -- caused by tiny floating particles from burned fuels -- will lead to the Environmental Protection Agency in December to declare the borough as "out of attainment" of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
This means that Alaskans will have three years to come up with a plan on how to solve Fairbanks' air problems, or the federal government will draw up a plan for Fairbanks.
Health officials are most concerned with pollutants in air smaller than 2.5 micrograms -- about the size of bacteria or 1/50th the width of a human hair.
Those specks are small enough that they travel past your nose and trachea and deep into your lungs.