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JULY 26: FAIRBANKS AIR QUALITY PARTICULATE PROPOSED REGS

Portions of the Fairbanks North Star Borough have been designated as a Serious Nonattainment Area for Fine Particulate Matter by the Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Register, Vol. 82, No. 89, 21711 (PDF). The proposed regulations and draft Serious State Implementation Plan (SIP) have been developed to meet the EPA requirements of a Serious Nonattainment Area. The public review period ends on July 26, 2019.

You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to Cindy Heil, Division of Air Quality, ADEC, 555 Cordova St, Anchorage AK 99501; or by facsimile at (907) 269-7508; or by e-mail to dec.air.comment@alaska.gov; or by the electronic comment form athttps://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/FormalComments. The comments must be received not later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019. Comments received after this date will not be considered in final action on these rules and the air quality plan.

More information here.


JULY 22: OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE IN NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE ALASKA

Bureau of Land Management published a notice in the Federal Register calling for nominations and comments on tracts to be considered for its 2019 oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

This is a 30-day period in which interested parties may nominate or comment on available tracts, the first step in the process leading up to the 2019 oil and gas lease sale.

The selection of available tracts will be consistent with the allocations and stipulations identified by the NPR-A 2013 Record of Decision for the Integrated Activity Plan.  The BLM’s 2013 IAP identified 11.8 million acres available for leasing. Of these 11.8 million acres, about 1.6 million acres are currently leased.

There are 879 tracts on approximately 10.2 million acres that will be available for nomination and comment. Currently, there are 215 authorized oil and gas leases, totaling 1,558,396 acres in the NPR-A. Submit nominations or comments to:

State Director, Bureau of Land Management
Alaska State Office
222 West 7th Avenue, Mailstop #13
Anchorage, Alaska 99513-7504

You can view a map showing available areas, legal descriptions of the tracts, and additional information at the BLM Alaska NPR-A Oil and Gas Lease Sale web page (www.blm.gov/alaska).


JULY 10: JUDGESHIPS IN KENAI, PALMER, HOMER, VALDEZ

The Alaska Judicial Council is receiving applications for judgeships on the recently authorized Homer and Valdez Superior Courts (formerly District Court positions) and for impending vacancies on the Kenai and Palmer District Courts. The vacancies will occur due to the upcoming retirements of Homer District Court Judge Margaret L. Murphy, Kenai District Court Judge Sharon A.S. Illsley, and Palmer District Court Judge John W. Wolfe. The Valdez position is vacant due to the appointment of District Court Judge Daniel Schally to the Juneau Superior Court. Interested persons may obtain application forms from the Judicial Council offices or online at the Council’s website.The Judicial Council must have completed applications in its office by 3 p.m. on July 10, 2019.


JULY 3: HEMP PRODUCTION REGULATIONS COMMENT PERIOD

The Department of Natural Resources, proposes to develop an industrial hemp pilot program to implement amendments to and new provisions in AS 03.05 and AS 11.71.900, enacted under Chapter 5 SLA 2018 (SB 6).

You may comment on the proposed regulations, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed regulations, by submitting written comments to Robert Carter, Division of Agriculture at 5310 South Bodenburg Spur, Palmer, Alaska 99645. Additionally, the department will accept comments by facsimile at 907-746-1568 and by electronic mail at industrialhemp@alaska.gov . Comments may also be submitted through the Alaska Online Notice System by accessing this notice on the system at http://notice.alaska.gov/, and using the comment link. The comments must be received not later than 5 pm, Tuesday July 3, 2019.


JULY 1: PEBBLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

The public comment period for the draft environmental impact statement for the Pebble Project has been extended through July 1, 2019.  You can email them to drafteis@comments.pebbleprojecteis.com or mail them to:

Program Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers
645 G St.
Suite 100-921
Anchorage, AK 99501

JUNE 30: AIRPORT FEES INCREASE

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities intends to modify certain fees for the Alaska International Airports System consisting of the Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports. The proposed rates will become effective July 1, 2019. More information on fees and commenting at this link.


JUNE 28: PIONEER HOME RATE INCREASE

June 28th is the deadline for written testimony regarding Alaska Pioneers’ Homes rate increase. Email your testimony to alaskapioneerhomes@alaska.gov. MustReadAlaska’s story is here.


JUNE 24: AMBIENT AIR MONITORING NETWORK PLAN

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), Air Monitoring and Quality Assurance Program is making Alaska’s 2019 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan available for public review and comment. The Annual Air Monitoring Plan explains the network’s monitoring objectives and priorities.

The plan provides a description of all current ADEC network air quality monitoring sites and discusses any current or planned modifications. The document is available at http://dec.alaska.gov/air/air-monitoring/monitoring-plans and is submitted to fulfill the annual network review requirement per 40 CFR 58.10. The plan will be available for public comment for 32 days. All comments may be directed to Barbara Trost at ADEC’s Air Quality Division office in Anchorage:

555 Cordova St.
Anchorage AK 99501
Fax (907) 269-7508
barbara.trost@alaska.gov

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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