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Jan 02 2017

EPA May Crack Down on Wood Stoves in Alaska

New Year’s Eve was cold and rainy here in Phoenix. It would have been nice to have a fire in the fireplace without worrying about a fine. But no; the enviro-authorities decreed it to be yet another “no-burn day.” I shouldn’t complain though. It’s much worse in Alaska:

“It’s all one thing — when you most need the heat is when you’re most apt to create a serious air pollution problem for yourself and the people in your community,” said Tim Hamlin, the director of the office of air and waste at the E.P.A.’s Region 10, which includes Alaska. …

Civil fines by Fairbanks North Star Borough — which includes the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, with a total population of about 100,000 — could be assessed in coming days against residential polluters. The E.P.A. could declare the entire area to be in “serious” noncompliance of the Clean Air Act early next year, with potentially huge economic implications, including a cutoff of federal transportation funds.

Many Alaskans rely on wood-burning stoves, which left-wing bureaucrats regard as offensive to environment.

Natural gas, a much cleaner fuel source, is not widely available in this part of Alaska, and heating oil can be very expensive. Oil also produces particulate pollution, though less than wood. A study for the borough last year said residents here spent, on average, almost four times the national average in annual heating costs.

Soon they may be paying fines on top of it — unless they opt to freeze.

A few weeks ago, it got down to −37°F in Fairbanks. The high for the day was −27°F. But never mind keeping warm. According to liberal theory, global warming will see to that. The important thing is to comply with the dictates of the regulatory bureaucracy.

Offensive smoke produced outside Fairbanks.

On tips from Steve A and Dan F.

32 Responses to “EPA May Crack Down on Wood Stoves in Alaska”

  1. Mack says:

    The EPA promotes death.

  2. Jodie says:

    Sounds like the EPA may be paving the way for more money and power to be given to the likes of the U.N. and Hillary Clinton for so-called “clean cookstoves”. Not much mention of what the clean fuel will be in places where there is no electricity or natural gas, but it won’t be that “nasty” wood.

    LOL! Of course it will end up being wood burned in their “special” hibachis.

    “There’s something fishy when governments throughout the world (including
    the U.S), corporations (including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and
    Johnson & Johnson), and Ted Turner’s UN Foundation and the Clinton
    Global Initiative are involved as they are with the Alliance.”

  3. JackisBack says:

    Vladmir says “burn all you want comrades” and like Texas and California, Alaska decides maybe its time to leave.

  4. M4Dave says:

    Total BS. EPA needs to be almost totally disbanded. This is what happens when govt gets too much power. Perhaps sending a thousand EPA employees to Alaska for a winter would get their attention.

  5. TrojanMan says:

    When the EPA provides the paperwork for the fine thank them for the extra kindling.

  6. Ol' Uncle Lar says:

    ” Not much mention of what the clean fuel will be in places where there is no electricity or natural gas, but it won’t be that “nasty” wood.”
    Moose poop??

  7. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Why “almost” totally disbanded?

    1. There is zero constitutional authority for the EPA.
    2. Each state has its own Department of Environmental Quality or something similar. The skies above will not turn black if the EPA is disbanded?
    3. One bureaucrat in DC monitoring air and water is the camel’s nose under the wall of the tent. Once in, they will never stop increasing their role.

  8. Vic Kelley says:

    Taking that free gov’ment money from the feds has consequences. Did anybody think they’d stop at coal mining? In Alaska the EPA wants to stop people from burning wood, something people have done since there have been people. In the Lower 48 the feds want to stop people from collecting rainwater. #BanBirdbaths

  9. Occam's Stubble says:

    Inuit people excepted, of course.

  10. Otis says:

    They dont need paperwork. Theyll just seize your bank account.

  11. M4Dave says:

    OK, you’re right. Get rid of the whole damn bunch! I know, I worked in DC for fed until oloser got elected in 08 & then I quit. So much waste it is unf***in believeable! Trump must cut waste & govt jobs.

  12. Occam's Stubble says:

    I’d like to see the GOP and Trump spin off these unconstitutional federal departments into interstate compacts. Anyone who wants to participate in a multi-state EPA can do so, but they have to contribute to its funding.

  13. M4Dave says:

    Perhaps not a bad idea, but we’ve fought DEP in PA & lost due to democ-rat dictator governor. I agree that if they want to set one up then they pay for it w/o fed money. One concern is, who keeps them in check? State governments are not much better than fed when it comes to taxes and regulations.

  14. M4Dave says:

    If I recall correctly, Kalifornia has already banned wood-burning stoves for heating homes (not sure if this was state-wide). In Maryland they tax people on rainfall. Based on square footage of your roof(s) & any paved driveways etc it’s calculated on that. Here:
    It never ends.

  15. godhelpus says:

    I would be concerned if I were an “EPA” inspector that if I went up to someone’s cabin in Alaska to issue a citation and a fine, I would never be seen or heard from again. 🙂

  16. KHarn says:

    Oh sure, they “love” natural gas. That is, until they learn that the “EEEVL!” oil companies are the ones who have the equipment to get it out of the ground.

  17. Larry Rappaport says:

    By the time any fine is due, Trump will be in office. Carry on Alaska………

  18. MAS says:

    California has C.A.R.B. (California air resources board) and they have established no burn days but still allow stoves and fireplaces (for now). There are exceptions like if you have no other source of heat or live above 3,000 feet (for now). A buddy of mine used his wood stove for “cooking” (one of the exemptions…for now) by keeping a pot of soup on it.

  19. 762x51 says:

    Not so much in AK. Lots of Alaskans make a living off the oilfield, working on or hauling the aforementioned equipment.

    I recommend they continue on as they have for generations and if the EPA wants to try and enforce those fines, we invite them to come collect. Lots and lots of predators in AK, accidents happen.

  20. 762x51 says:

    That has a way of getting folks killed.

  21. 762x51 says:

    Agreed, you saw my plan on how to do that right?

    Day 1, Jan 20th 2017.

    EPA bureaucrats are ordered to personally collect water and soil samples from every county in America. No contracting out, they have to do it themselves because it’s time they have some skin in the game.

    Week 2.
    EPA bureaucrats are ordered to personally collect water and material samples from every sewer system in every city in America. No contracting out, they have to do it themselves because it’s time they have some skin in the game.

    Week 3
    EPA bureaucrats are ordered to personally collect fecal samples from every cow in America to be used to test the cow flatulence GW theory.. No contracting out, they have to do it themselves because it’s time they have some skin in the game.

    It gets “progressively” darker from there, but you get the drift.

    No need to disband anything in three weeks there won’t be department left. tRump can do this on day one with no congressional approval whatsoever.

  22. Occam's Stubble says:

    States that don’t want it will not be part of the compact. If it gets too overbearing, more states will drop out of the compact. That means less money for enforcement.

  23. Karma's Janitor says:

    The EPA will get a good housecleaning this spring

  24. Maurice Miner says:

    Of course, what these pricks invariably do is suborn the local authorities to act as their collection and enforcement agents, on threat of removal of Federal funds unless they comply.

  25. Bodhisattva says:

    The E.P.A. could declare the entire area to be in “serious” noncompliance of the Clean Air Act early next year, with potentially huge economic implications, including a cutoff of federal transportation funds.


    What about the most polluted air in the U.S.? They don’t have to worry – they’re run by moonbat liberals – so the fix is in, they won’t face any consequences.

    Los Angeles, Bakersfield Top List Worst US Cities for Air Pollution

    I am really surprised though. Because year over year there is a part of the Central Valley of California, north of Bakersfield, that consistently had the worst air in the nation. Perhaps the problem area has grown. Or perhaps this is more fake news, whether due to laziness, carelessness or deliberate lying, I don’t know.

  26. Stosh says:

    This is a perfect opportunity. Come Jan 20, reassign any EPA agent, scientist, and bureaucrat that Obama hired in the last 8 years to Fairbanks, AK as their permanent duty station…no wood burning, or filthy heating oil allowed for them either, only renewable resources. After one winter – no more EPA problem.

  27. 762x51 says:

    But it worked out so well having local government and the EPA run the water system in Flint Mi., . . .

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  29. 762x51 says:

    All they have to do is create a “field experience” requirement to retain the job. Field experience is gained by completing field sample collections at various locations throughout the US. Sewers, construction sites, oilfield locations, farm yards, sludge ponds, etc. Failure to complete results in termination. The rule applies to all EPA employees. How many of those DC elitist are going to collect cow crap in WY? The dept would be gone in three months, six tops.

    No replacements will be hired. Problem solved, no Congressional action required.

  30. Bodhisattva says:

    Yeah, the odd thing is the Democrats are blaming it on the Republicans… despite the fact the Democrats apparently made the decisions in Flint. Democrats were mayor – Dayne Walling from 2009 to 2015. Flint made the decision to stop using Detroit’s water in 2013, though their goal was to get water from Lake Hudson, not the Flint River – that was an interim plan – infrastructure issues, I think.

    The decision was apparently made by an “emergency manager” who answered to the governor. Andrew Cuomo, Democrat, who took office Jan 1, 2011 and remains there today.

    So how it’s the “Republicans fault” hasn’t been explained.

    Probably because some amendment to fix this was offered to the military spending budget as part of a huge package and they were all rejected. I seem to remember the Republicans offering to fix this without any strings attached and the Democrats turned it down. I guess that’s what made it the Republicans fault, somehow.

  31. Bodhisattva says:

    There have been three rounds of charges so far and the latest bring the total number of people charged to 13.

  32. BostonLiberty says:

    Perhaps this is why the EPA bought so many weapons and ammo the past few years, to forcefully impose the ‘law’. I wonder how many EPA agents will crap their pants when facing the armed citizenry of Alaska… After hunting bear and other large beasts, the critters from the EPA don’t sound to scary…

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