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After the Fact EPA Vetoes - Murkowski Morning Meeting, 4/24/2013

Wednesday , April 24, 2013

U.S. Senate Events 

After the Fact Vetoes from the EPA?

Alaskan Impact: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a major impact on the Alaska economy and whether the state can develop its natural resources – think of the role the EPA played in delaying ConocoPhillips’ CD5 field, Kensington Mine or the Healy Clean Coal Plant. Senator Murkowski questioned Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe about the dozens of issues Alaskans are wrestling with the agency over, including a troubling decision out of the DC District Court yesterday affirming EPA’s authority to retroactively veto valid Clean Water Act permits after they’ve been issued – which could have a chilling effect on development in Alaska.

5:30am AKDT

Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

Topic: Environmental Protection Agency 2014 Budget

Testimony From:

  • Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator of the EPA

       Murkowski: If EPA can veto or withdraw permits, how can we ever know a decision is final? (Click to view.)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – Alaska’s Arctic Nation Priorities

Alaskan Impact: From the Coast Guard to the Transportation Security Administration to the Alaskan/Canadian border, policies from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affect the day-to-day lives of most Alaskans. Senator Murkowski recently used the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee as an opportunity to raise a number of Alaskan concerns to the DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, including: Icebreakers for an Arctic Nation, National Security Cutters, the burden and expense of the bureaucratic Transportation Worker Identification Cards renewal process and the TSA considering allowing small knives on planes.

Sen Murkowski asks about knives on planes- Click to watch.    Sen Murkowski reminds Napolitano U.S is Arctic Nation- Click to watch.

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