Fairbanks commissions chimney smoke scrubber testing program

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks borough has commissioned a $458,000 chimney smoke scrubber testing program as it look for ways to improve air quality, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the borough to bring down levels of PM2.5, a toxic particulate found in emission, by the end of 2019.

Preliminary testing of the smoke scrubbing technology conducted by Citizens for Clean Air, a private group, showed 50- to 60-percent emissions reduction.