Inversions trapping unhealthy air in Fairbanks

Mar 13, 2013 -- 10:10am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Fairbanks area is continuing to be plagued by air pollution despite relatively mild temperatures. Inversions occur when a layer of cold air is trapped below a layer of warm air. They normally occur in the Tanana Valley when it is colder, but inversions are continuing to be a problem in Fairbanks even this far into winter. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an air quality advisory Tuesday afternoon for North Pole and Fairbanks. The department says that air would be unhealthy for sensitive groups for the next several mornings. The worst month this year for air pollution was December. Twenty-five days were deemed unhealthy for sensitive groups in North Pole and 16 days were unhealthy in Fairbanks. 

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