The EPA has revived consideration of a 2006 state proposal that would broaden exceptions to Alaska’s clean water rules. Opponents warn it could ease permitting of large-scale projects like Pebble Mine.
Boosters of streamlined mining regulations have ties to Echo Bay’s failed mining venture. But advocates continue to pitch gold mining as Juneau’s economic salvation as public sector jobs dwindle.
Peony flowers are supposed to be the next big boom in Alaska exports, and now a Southeast grower is giving the cash crop a shot.