Alaska Plastic Recovery, the company behind Grizzly Wood, has made it through its first big year of work, traveling to and collecting more than 600,000 pounds of recycled plastic in eight Southcentral communities and turning it into formed-plastic lengths of recycled plastic lumber, or RPL, and bricks, useful for making signposts, decking, picnic tables, benches, and retaining walls.
Three Alaska Native village corporations split $2.5 million, the first batch of a new federal grant program, to assess and clean up soil and water contamination.
Four Alaska Native regional and village corporations are receiving federal brownfields funding to address contaminated lands for the first time.
The US Environmental Protection Agency announced a $20 million program to assist Alaska tribal entities in addressing legacy contamination on lands conveyed through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Invoking a rarely used authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, EPA is prohibiting the use of streams in the Bristol Bay watershed for mine waste disposal sites.