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Alaska lawmaker wants coal plant without fed regs

JUNEAU (AP) - A Republican senator says Alaska should ignore federal regulations and plan to build a large-scale coal-powered plant to generate electricity in the event of an energy crisis. Sen.
Judge allows lawsuit: Seward coal facility faces Clean Water Act suit

A Clean Water Act lawsuit alleging violations by the Seward Coal Loading Facility was allowed to go forward Jan. 10 by federal district Judge Timothy Burgess.
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KPC holds nursing advising session
Clean energy: If not Grant Lake, then what?

...the project, raising questions over potential destructive impacts - locally and to the Kenai River. The Alaska Center for the Environment, Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance, and Kenai Watershed Forum have expressed concerns too. Moose...
Beluga status could change

Cook Inlet?s population of beluga whales is half what it was less than a decade ago, leading some experts to argue the whales should fall under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Wildlife officials say project would fill in 30 acres of vital habitat

...which would permanently fill in about 30 acres of wetlands just south of the intersection. Joe LeBeau of the Alaska Center for the Environment said the state should spend the $50 million slated for the project on a commuter train or bus system to...
Festival offers 'virtual vacation'

Winter can be a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but after more than a week of minus 20 degree weather some people may be ready for a change. And, if a break from the cold is in order, checking out the Alaska Ocean Film Festival this weekend may be almost as nice a reprieve as actually heading for the warmer climes of tropical destination.
Inlet whales face 1-in-4 chance of extinction in 100 years

The threat of extinction for Cook Inlet?s beluga whales is real, and the estimated 300 sea mammals should be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, National Marine Fisheries Service officials announced Thursday.
Off limits?

A group of citizens and conservation groups have petitioned the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to declare lands within the Chuitna River watershed as unsuitable for coal mining, a move that conceivably could lead the state to block plans for a major surface coal mine in the region.
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