2018 Air Quality Conference

Clear the Air Home Heating Forum and Expo

The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Administration invited air quality experts from a variety of government entities, and industries, as well as members of community groups to share information on health issues, regulatory issues, new technologies, and other concerns. Review the agenda (PDF) for this conference.

Conference Video

Friday, September 21, 2018

Agenda ItemPresenter / Panel ParticipantsPresentations
Introduction and WelcomeJim Williams, Chief of Staff, FNSB

Karl W. Kassel, Mayor, FNSB

Larry Hartig, Commissioner, AK DEC

Chris Hladick, Regional Administrator,

Pacific NW and Alaska Region 10

Tim Hamlin, Director, Office of Air and Waste, EPA, Region 10

Expectation vs. Reality: the Difference in What We Want and What Is Factual with Air QualityWendy Mannan, North Pole Resident, Member-Fairbanks North Star Borough Wood BurnersN/A
27 Minute Video: "What We Breathe Matters" by Dr. Owen Q. Hanley, MDJennifer Gleason Schmidt, RNYouTube Video
Exposure to Woodsmoke:  A Discussion of the Health Risks and the Burning Practices that Reduce RiskDr. Gillian Gawne-Mittelstaedt, MPA, Director, Tribal Healthy Homes Network, Partnership for Air MattersN/A
Question and Answer Panel Discussion with AM Panel SpeakersWendy Mannan

Jennifer Gleason Schmidt

Dr. Gillian Gawne-Mittelstaedt
Woodstove Retrofit Technologies - ESPs and Burn Demo Overview

Nick Czarnecki, Air Quality Division Manager, FNSB

Glenn Miller, Transportation Director, FNSB

Burn Demo (PDF)
Natural Gas UpdateDan Britton, General Manager, Interior Gas UtilityN/A
Economic Impacts of Air QualityJim Dodson, President and CEO, Fairbanks Economic Development CorporationEconomic Impacts of Air Quality (PDF)
Air Quality Monitoring UpdateBarbara Trost, Program Manager, Air Monitoring and Quality Assurance, Division of Air, AK DECN/A
Air Quality Panel DiscussionAlaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Fairbanks North Star Borough

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Air Quality Panel Discussion (PDF)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Agenda Item
Presenter / Panel Participants

Karl W. Kassel, Mayor, FNSB

Bryce Ward, Mayor, City of North Pole

Jim Matherly, Mayor, City of Fairbank

Instant Polling on Wood Burning/Education Assessment
FNSB Partnered with Information Insights
The Economics of Home Heating
Jesse Shadley, North Pole Resident, Member-Fairbanks North Star Borough Wood Burners
The Economics of Home Heating (PDF)
EPA Update: Moving Forward - The Challenges to Attaining Clean Air
Dan Brown, Fairbanks PM Program Manager, U.S. EPA Region 10
Moving Forward - The Challenges to Attaining Clean Air (PDF)
FNSB Air Quality Stakeholders Group: Introduction, Information, and Status Update

Jana Pierce, Information Insights

John Davies, Former Borough Assembly Member

Stakeholders Group: Instant Polling
Stakeholders: Working Group Breakout
Stakeholders: Summary from Breakout Session