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EPA: Agency did not shirk responsibility in West mine spill

WASHINGTON - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency dismissed complaints Wednesday by Republican lawmakers that her agency downplayed the seriousness of a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states.
Federal water rules draw opposition, support

...Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, in his first field hearing as chair of a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, on Monday called the proposal one of the "most important, significant expansions of federal jurisdiction...
State | AK legislature
Young to press transportation bill during short session

...Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., is now the key decision-maker. Reid is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the highway bill. He objected earlier this year when Republican Sen...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Alaska's congressional delegation is pressing for a rider on a 2001 budget measure to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
Alaska Digest

News in brief from around the state.
White House opposes Young transportation plan

WASHINGTON - Two Bush administration Cabinet secretaries have urged the president to veto any transportation funding bill that requires an increase in gas taxes, a direct threat to Alaska Rep. Don Young's six-year spending plan.
Highway bill bolsters Alaska projects

The House approved a mammoth highway and transit bill Thursday that aims to reduce traffic congestion nationwide and bring jobs to every lawmaker's home district.
Regulating carbon

...system or, as we'd prefer, a carbon tax that rebates the revenue to taxpayers. But last month, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee announced a delay in introducing its climate change bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid...
GOP senators: Start over on roadless forest plan

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Forest Service should scrap a two-month-old effort to figure out how to protect 50 million acres of federal forests and should begin again, two GOP senators said in a letter released Monday.
CON: Taxpayers should demand a ban on funding to ACORN

WASHINGTON - If you think Congress stripped all federal funding from ACORN, think again.


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