Harsher air quality regulations to be implemented in Fairbanks

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The city of Fairbanks is set to implement harsher air quality regulations, preparing to enforce more burn bans as part of the stricter rules.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is aiming to clean up the city's heavily polluted air, according to The Associated Press.

The Borough Assembly voted Thursday to adopt the new regulations.

The goal is reportedly to address problems specifically with 'fine particulate,' after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency threatened to move a related rating from 'moderate' to 'serious' non-attainment.

Fine particulate itself is a mix of solid particles and liquid droplets that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. In turn, it can also cause premature death in people suffering heart and lung diseases, and can trigger heart attacks.

As for those new rules, they look to reduce the concentration of that particulate, which is what prompts air quality alerts and triggers burn bans.

The rules will also limit exemptions for burning wood or coal.