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Bill Helping Military Training Facilities Signed into Law

Rep. Tammie Wilson’s HB 36 clarifies statute for ammunition discharges

Tuesday, April 09, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – Alaska Governor Sean Parnell today signed into law a bill making critical changes to the state’s military munitions discharge. House Bill 36, by Representative Tammie Wilson, clarifies the Alaska Clean Water Act such that the law cannot be misinterpreted to restrict exercises on ranges other than instances where the federal Clean Water Act would apply.

“I would like to thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for their quick action on this bill and the Governor for signing it into law today,” Wilson, R-Fairbanks/North Pole, said. “This bill ensures that Alaska provides unsurpassed training facilities for military exercises and stays competitive in an environment of defense spending cuts and base closures.”

The change within HB 36 was vetted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

HB 36 passed the Alaska House on Feb. 4 and the Alaska Senate on March 15. The bill takes effect immediately.

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