The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with one of Alaska’s largest shipping companies, providing a conditional waiver for new fuel standards while Totem Ocean Trailer Express converts to cleaner-burning fuel.
The announcement comes two days after rules took effect requiring that cargo carriers and cruise ships use a low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of U.S. and Canadian shores. Alaska has sued, saying the rules will lead to higher freight rates and pricier cruises that will hurt the state’s economy.
The EPA, which is working with the U.S. Coast Guard, has said the agencies are aware of Alaska’s concerns and have some flexibility in implementing the rules.
The EPA says once the conversion is complete, in 2016, Totem’s vessels will achieve significantly higher emission reductions than required.
- Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.
- For five years, Sharon Livingston has organized “Camp A”, where first-, second- and third-graders immerse themselves in traditional stories, crafts and foods. By encouraging kids to explore Unangan culture, she said they learn to see the value in cultures of all kinds.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the safety of Alaska skies during a hearing will take all today. The NTSB is looking into the wider issues surrounding the continued persistence of high numbers of accidents involving small planes and air taxis in Alaska.
- The Sun’aq Tribe won a grant to study the kind of threat that invasive crayfish in Alaska pose to subsistence resources. The award was announced Tuesday.