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Why was Fairbanks Designated Nonattainment?

A portion of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, including the City of Fairbanks and the City of North Pole, was designated as a PM2.5 non-attainment area in December 2009 (refer to map). These areas exceeded the health based 24 hour exposure limit of 35 micrograms/cubic meter for fine particulate matter.

Analysis shows that local emissions from wood stoves, burning distillate oil, industrial sources, and mobile emissions contribute to particulate pollution. For planning purposes, PM2.5 is primarily a concern during the winter months (October through March) when extremely strong temperature inversions are frequent and human-caused air pollution impacts increase. Summertime smoke from wildland fires are also a health concern, but are addressed as natural, uncontrollable, exceptional events.

Current Air Quality Conditions

Links to Air Quality sites:

Air Quality Forecasts and Advisories

Non-Attainment Plan (SIP)

Projects By ADEC

Public Outreach

Maps/Monitoring Plans


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