EPA agrees to new deadline for Fairbanks air cleanup plan

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency and two environmental advocacy groups have agreed on new deadlines for addressing air pollution problems in Fairbanks.

The EPA by the end of August will decide whether a state of Alaska plan to clean up fine particulate around Fairbanks is acceptable.

An EPA decision on the state plan was due nearly a year ago. Region 10 director of the office of air and waste, Tim Hamlin, says meeting the deadline was complicated by a national lawsuit challenging how EPA regulated fine particulate.

The EPA by Jan. 19 will propose to accept or reject a state cleanup plan for Fairbanks. A comment period will follow. The EPA by Aug. 28 must take final action.

Fine particulate is linked to heart attacks, decreased lung function and premature death.

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