Where the world ends up when the ocean spits it out

Every day, debris from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami washes up on Alaskan shores. Lost crab pots "ghost fish" on the ocean floor. Tiny pieces of plastic almost indistinguishable from sand settle into Southeast Alaskan beaches.
Some Indian sauces, black bean burgers recalled

...have been recalled by the company because they might contain peanut ingredients, according to a Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation news release.People who have a peanut allergy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic...
Increased cigarette tax to get public hearing

An expensive habit is likely to get more expensive. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will hold a public hearing on an increase to the cigarette excise tax Feb. 2.
Statewide pesticide trainings offered

...The training will also be offered April 13-15 in the same communities.Extension agents and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel will teach the classes.The state requires certification for anyone who acts as a pesticide...
EPA steps in to finish cleanup of diesel fuel spill

ANCHORAGE - The government has taken over cleanup of 4,400 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into a remote Alaska creek because the responsible company said it lacked enough insurance to finish the job.
Juneau delegation outlines priorities

With the 29th Legislature looming, lawmakers are deciding where to focus their energy and which bills to introduce, or, in many cases, reintroduce.
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State closes DEC office in Bethel

BETHEL - The state has closed the Bethel office of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, citing budgetary issues and restructuring.The DEC's spill and response office in Bethel closed Dec. 31, just after the...
State launches program to track firewood moisture

...moisture content of firewood sold in neighborhoods regularly polluted by wood smoke.Officials from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, including state air quality program manager Cindy Heil, met with woodcutters Thursday to explain...
Testimony: Alaska air quality proposal falls short

...Despite a big, angry turnout last year at a hearing, just 11 people spoke Wednesday before the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.The agency is developing state regulations to deal with air quality, primarily from wood burning...
Hearings planned on proposed air regulations

...These are all proposed regulations," said Cindy Heil, state air quality program manager for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. "It could be changed."If approved, the new rules would take effect next winter. People who...


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