Originally posted on Real Science:

It is -40 in Fairbanks, and people are burning wood to keep their family alive. The EPA says this is unhealthy and is planning to fine them.

Fairbanks has chronic winter air pollution problems from widespread use of wood- and oil-burning stoves. The city has been experiencing unusually cold November weather, with temperatures dropping into the minus-30s overnight.

The EPA says this about the issue: “The size of particles is directly linked to their potential for causing health problems.
Health dangers are potentially greater for children, says the EPA, which has ordered the state to clean up Fairbanks air or face financial penalties.

In unseasonable cold snap, Fairbanks area records nation’s highest particulate air pollution | Alaska Newsreader | ADN.com

h/t to John Bogen

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