Officials are still examining the substance in a lab to determine what it is, but DEC suspects it’s black tar or asphalt.
The announcement came just a week before the State of Alaska is expected to issue a verdict on a key permit for the company.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation shared a new plan Tuesday to start tracking air quality in downtown Juneau in order to learn more about the impact of cruise ship emissions.
Bethel City Council Member Leif Albertson hopes better monitoring will help inform policymakers in improving air quality for residents, especially those with chronic breathing conditions.
Skagway is getting closer to addressing long-standing lead contamination in the harbor. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is taking a more proactive approach to motivate clean-up of the ore basin.