11 March 2014

HB77 bill changes address some concerns

UPDATE: An additional public input period has been scheduled for Friday, March 14, at 3:30 p.m. 

The Alaska State Senate is considering HB77, a bill that was designed to streamline permitting, but which has drawn much concern from the public since passed by the House a year ago. Yesterday, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provided testimony to the Senate, including documents that reflect revisions to HB77 in response to some of those concerns.

Pebble Watch previously reported on a hearing where members of the public voiced many concerns. Below is our summary of those issues and how they've been handled in the latest version of HB77. Public testimony for the new version of HB77 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m. Contact your Legislative Information Office to find out how to participate.

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