Earthjustice to sue over air quality

    Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) A lawsuit will contend Fairbanks has violated the Clean Air Act.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the air becomes stagnant in the Fairbanks area during the winter and emission linger at ground level from home heating.  Earthjustice claims the borough has the worst 'fine particulate matter air pollution in the nation.'

    They sent out a 60-day notice to indicate they would file the lawsuit.  The suit will claim Fairbanks North Star Borough failed to file a new plan to reduce elevated levels of a toxic particulate found in wood smoke that is linked to a number of health problems.

    Earthjustice will represent Fairbanks-based Citizens for Clean Air, Anchorage-based Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and the California-based Sierra Club in the lawsuit.

    The state was required to submit a proposal for addressing pollution by the end of last year. State and borough officials are working on the plan. The EPA was to determine if the plan was complete by the end of June.

    An EPA spokeswoman said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

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