Fairbanks, Alaska Carbon Monoxide (CO) Attainment Plan Summary
Background of the Plan: The urban portion of the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) was designated in 1990 as a nonattainment area for CO and classified as moderate. Fairbanks was reclassified as a serious nonattainment area for failing to attain the ambient eight-hour CO health standard by the December 31, 1995 deadline on March 30, 1998. A new plan was required by October 1, 1999, however an attainment plan was not submitted to EPA by the deadline. On April 3, 2000, the EPA published a Federal Register Notice (65 FR 17444) stating that initial, mandatory sanctions would be triggered if a new plan was not submitted by October 2, 2001. In March 2001, Fairbanks and the Department of Environmental Conservation submitted a request to EPA for an extension of the attainment date from December 31, 2000 to December 31, 2001. On May 25, 2001, EPA granted approval (66 FR 28836). Alaska submitted a new plan on August 30, 2001, and EPA approved the plan on February 4, 2002 (67 FR 5064).
Summary of the Plan: The plan’s goals and objectives focus on enhancements to the existing vehicle Inspection & Maintenance (I/M) program, including technical improvements through the Alaska2000 equipment upgrades, support of ADEC enforcement efforts, implementation of onboard diagnostic checks, electrical plug-ins to facilitate the use of block heaters for employee parking spaces, and public awareness campaigns to boost transit rider ship.
Federal Motor Vehicle Emission Control Program - 40 CFR Part 86
18 AAC 52 Emissions Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) requirements for Motor Vehicles
Ordinance No. 91-044, October 1991, Requiring the Borough to issue twice-daily CO forecasts during the months of November through February.
Ordinance No. 99-087, December 9, 1999, Continuing the I/M Program.
Ordinance No. 2001-17, April 12, 2001, Mandating a Fairbanks North Star Borough Motor Vehicle Plug-in Program.
Measures are focused on expanded transit operations, increasing the number of parking spaces equipped with electrical plug-in units, and road system improvements. Fairbanks is implementing these measures early.
Attainment Date: December 31, 2001
EPA Effective Date: April 5, 2002