After the loss of pressure in the water lines, city crew members scrambled to find the cause.
Some Manley Hot Springs residents are frustrated by a lack of guidance on how to deal with contaminants in their homes and yards.
State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Gerlach says the Mat-Su case confirms that migrating birds have brought avian influenza to Alaska.
For the cruise industry, scrubbers are a way to save money by allowing ships to burn cheaper, dirtier fuels. But the toxic chemicals removed from smokestack exhaust don’t just disappear.
The Western Mariner was towing an Alaska Marine Lines barge in Neva Strait early on the morning of March 21 when a steering failure caused the two vessels to collide, pushing the tugboat onto the shore.
According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, a light diesel sheen remained in the area where the boat was grounded.
The incident has forced the Valdez Marine Terminal’s operator, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., to take multiple tanks out of service, though it says there have been no impacts to oil shipments so far.
On Thursday, for the first time, the sheen was reported in Krestof Sound, an area where Pacific herring are known to spawn in the spring.
Biologists are looking into how a recent diesel spill around 15 miles northwest of Sitka will affect the sac roe herring fishery.
There are no microreactors operating anywhere in the United States, but a few pilot projects are planned, including one at Eielson Air Force Base.