Clean air and water is essential to support Alaska’s huge and diverse ecosystem. Trustees for Alaska has a long history of protecting the clean water and wildlife resources. From our earliest days challenging Susitna Hydroelectric Project to today’s fights for Seward Alaska’s harbor and against Pebble Mine, Trustees for Alaska hold our clean air and water as key program in our mission.
In March, the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation’s laws that protect public health, control pollution, and protect ecosystems and livelihoods made the unprecedented announcement that it would suspend enforcement of federal environmental regulations during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement generated immediate and fervent uproar on social media and in newspapers, and the EPA made a belated attempt to assuage public outrage by issuing an antagonistic press release, accusing the press of “reckless propaganda.” But the truth is, the EPA’s action will allow industry to pollute without penalty, even as families and communities do everything in their power to stop the spread of a novel coronavirus.… Read More