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Murkowski finds EPA criticism of Pebble Mine ‘substantial’

Jul 17, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency issued harsh assessments of the proposed Pebble Mine, and they’ve made an impression on Lisa Murkowski. But the senator says her powers are limited.

For years, Murkowski has stayed neutral on the mine itself while defending the permitting process, so her recent statements are uncharacteristically pointed.

Feb. 15, 2016

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads field hearing of Energy Committee in Bethel

By the Associated Press

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join a host of state and federal officials in Bethel today to talk rural energy needs.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is holding a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, which she chairs. The hearing will focus on alternative energy projects throughout the state – as well as the continuing challenge of high rural energy costs.

Jan. 13, 2016

Report Finds No Wrongdoing in EPA Study of Pebble Mine

By the Associated Press

A watchdog agency has found no evidence of bias in how the Environmental Protection Agency conducted a study on the potential effects of large-scale mining on a world-premiere salmon fishery in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The inspector general for the EPA also found no evidence that the agency predetermined the study's outcome. Pebble is challenging the EPA's role in federal court.

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6/5/15 Court ruling stops EPA work on Pebble Mine

Jun 4, 2015

Decision comes in one of Pebble Limited's lawsuits against the EPA

U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland Monday put a temporary hold on the EPA's 404(c) process on the Pebble Mine, a process that allows EPA to restrict or prohibit projects that could have adverse effects on fishery areas. EPA's February decision to initiate the process was based on a Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment it completed in January.

The Pebble Limited Partnership contends that while EPA was developing that assessment, it violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which ensures advisory committees are objective and accessible to the public.

CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports a tailings dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries, according to critics who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaskan waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $888,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for research on climate change and contaminant shifts, and effects on human health in rural communities. The grant is one of six given out nationwide. The study will focus on traditional foods.

In a lawsuit alleging the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in erecting roadblocks to the Pebble Mine, the group behind the mine has requested advance notice of EPA  actions affecting the mine.

Alaska has set a record in the number of tourists visiting Alaska in the year beginning May 1, 2013.

The Senate Finance Committee's $2.1 billion budget includes $145 million for a new heating system for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and $2.1 for a road linking King Cove to Cold Bay. It doesn't include $10 million for the Susitna dam project that Administration was seeking.

Some subsistence fishermen are calling for a temporary halt to fishing on the Yukon River after the state has forecast abysmal returns of king salmon.

Congress is asking the EPA to produce documents about the permit review under the Clean Water Act on the Pebble Mine.

Governor Sean Parnell has signed a bill rejecting pay increases for himself and other top state executives.

Galena has its work cut out for it in the coming construction season as it rebuilds from disastrous flooding last year.

Seiners took in 10,300 tons of herring in the first two openings of the sac roe herring fishery in Sitka.