Settlement Expected In Fairbanks Wood Boiler Case

Resolution of the Straughn wood boiler case in Fairbanks appears imminent.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation sued Fairbanks residents Andrew and Gloria Straughn for creating a public nuisance by operating two wood fired boilers that smoked out neighbors, including students and staff at Wood River Elementary school.

The D.E.C and the Struaghns have submitted a joint motion for judgment with settlement terms that include the Straughns no longer operating the boilers or other solid fuel burning devices, as well as paying the state $12,000 to cover costs, interest, penalties and attorney’s fees.

The settlement has to be approved by Superior Court Judge Jane Kauvar.

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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