Air Force to pay penalties, improve emission control at Eielson

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Air Force has agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties and improve air pollution controls for violating federal Clean Air rules at Eielson Air Force Base.

In an agreement announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Air Force agreed first to study how to control dust emissions on base, and then devise a plan to do it.

EPA inspector John Pavitt found in a September 2000 inspection that emissions from Eielson's coal-fueled central heat and power plant exceeded federal regulations. He also found that dust kicked up by vehicles on the side of the road exceeded limits.

Pavitt said that immediately after his inspection in 2000, Air Force officials acknowledged the problems and agreed to make repairs.

''I would say they're the model responsible party,'' he said. ''We're very confident they're moving in the right direction.''

In a multiyear agreement between the EPA and the Air Force, Eielson will replace one of its street sweepers and modify all but one of its five existing sweepers.

The Air Force also will measure escaped dust in the air and has agreed to request funding for emissions control.

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