State sues Fairbanks wood-burners

The state of Alaska is suing owners of two Fairbanks outdoor wood boilers, claiming they’re violating public nuisance laws.

The lawsuit filed last week targets hydronic wood boilers near Woodriver Elementary School on rental properties owned by Andrew and Gloria Straughn.

A message left with the Straughns was not returned.

The lawsuit says the boilers are contributing to smoke problems on the west side of the community.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the lawsuit cites nearly 200 complaints filed with the Department of Environmental Conservation by neighbors plus parents and staff from the elementary school.

Ongoing problems with particulate in Fairbanks air, a problem made worse by wood stoves, have made the Fairbanks North Star Borough come under review by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.