Court orders shutdown of wood boilers

Wood-fired boilers have become a hot topic in Fairbanks, as officials try to improve the city's air quality.

Wood-fired boilers have become a hot topic in Fairbanks, as officials try to improve the city’s air quality.

A court has ordered a homeowner in a Fairbanks neighborhood to shut down their two outdoor, wood-fired boilers.

The two boilers on property owned by Andrew and Gloria Straugn were installed in 2008 and have long been a source of conflict with neighbors, especially a nearby elementary school concerned about the wood smoke coming from the boilers.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the Department of Environmental Conservation asked the court for a preliminary injunction to block use of the boilers during litigation. DEC provided the court with excerpts about the wood smoke from journals written by students at the school.

A lawyer representing the couple filed a response denying most of the state’s allegations.

Superior Court Judge Robert Downs granted the injunction request on Feb. 4.