[NEWS] Enviro Groups to Sue EPA for Wood Smoke Air Pollution in Alaska
– by Dan Joling, August 4, 2016, Juneau Empire
Three environmental groups announced Wednesday they intend to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for not enforcing federal air pollution law in Fairbanks.
Six years after the Fairbanks North Star Borough was designated as non-compliant because of unhealthy fine particulate, federal law requires the EPA to declare the borough a “serious non-attainment area,” according to the groups.
State environmental officials who created cleanup plans for Fairbanks air pollution, now designated as “moderate,” likely would have to consider stronger controls, said Kenta Tsuda, an attorney for Earthjustice, an environmental law firm.
“At the very least the state will have to reconsider all these control measures, and will face a higher bar if it proposes not to implement them,” he said by email.
Earthjustice is representing Fairbanks-based Citizens for Clean Air, Anchorage-based Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and the Sierra Club.