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

FAIRBANKS - A handful of people testified that proposed air pollution rules don't go far enough, particularly when it comes to outdoor, wood-burning heaters.
Hearings planned on proposed air regulations

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks residents who burn wood to save money as an alternative to expensive heating oil will have three chances to discuss proposed state regulations aimed at curbing particulate pollution.
Crash will keep musher from 2015 Iditarod

ANCHORAGE - An Iditarod musher injured by a sport utility vehicle that crashed into her team on a training run quickly turned her thoughts to the dogs that had scattered.
Chieftain plans Taku River barge

Chieftain Metals, owner of the Tulsequah Chief mine, has returned to plans to use barges on the Taku River, spurring concern from some in Juneau.
Testing shows no radiation in Cook Inlet

A test on Cook Inlet waters turned up no evidence of radiation emissions from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster having made its way into the area.
Photo: Spill training

Kayley Moen, left, and Sarah Moore, of the Southeast Alaska Response Team of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, train with a drum skimmer at Twin Lakes on Wednesday. Members of DEC's Spill Prevention and Response division also set up a long distance radio system to be used in area's of the state not covered by cellular phone service.
Fire at offshore gas platform prompts evacuation

ANCHORAGE - A fire Thursday at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate, but no one was injured and the environmental risk was considered minimal, responders said.
Commission: Alaska needs power improvements

ANCHORAGE - Alaska has an adequate power supply but an insufficient transmission system, which together could be strained by new Environmental Protection Agency requirements, according to Regulatory Commission of Alaska members.
Invasive species workshop slated Oct. 28-30 in Anchorage

...control, weed management in rights of way, revegetation and using the exotic plant data portal. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will offer continuing education credits to certified pesticide applicators who attend the workshop...


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