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Alaskan voters to decide air pollution issue

Soon, Alaskan voters in Fairbanks will have the opportunity to decide whether air pollution should be regulated in the region, the Daily News Miner reports. A local group is opposed to the idea of setting a new standard that would require all new heating stoves to feature clean-burning designs. In addition, the proposal prohibits the burning of chemically treated wood, railroad ties, garbage and various other unapproved fuel sources.

Named the Home Heating Initiative, the bill will be placed on the October ballot, and residents will vote whether or not to approve the standard.  This recent initiative goes beyond current state and federal requirements, and as such, not all politicians happy.

"The administration failed to enact the full scope of intent of the last initiative. This language should make their deliberation process quite easy. The bottom line is the borough should not take on duties already handled by the state Department of Environmental Conservation," Representative Tammie Wilson told the news source. "A new layer of bureaucracy is unnecessary; the state has the mandate and the resources to address air quality."

Regardless of whether the initiative passes or not, property owners in the area can invest in medical-grade home air purifiers to ensure the indoor air they are breathing is safe and clean. The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can remove fine particulate matter from the air for a better respiration.

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