Alaska News Nightly: September 23, 2013

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State Reviews Fracking Regulations

Anne Hillman, APRN Contributor

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is reviewing a set of regulations aimed at alleviating public concerns about hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in the state.

Judge Dismisses Emissions Control Area Lawsuit

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

By 2015, every ship that operates on Alaska’s southern coast will be required to drastically cut their sulfur emissions. The State has been fighting that policy in court, and this week a federal judge threw out their case.

Fairbanks Draft Fine Particulate Pollution Regulations Released

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The State has released draft fine particulate pollution regulations. They’re designed to be part of an overdue implementation plan the DEC is required to submit to the Environmental Protection Agency, which designates Fairbanks as a non attainment area due to wintertime emissions from wood and coal burning.

Storm Drives F/V Chaos Aground In Unalaska Bay

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

This past weekend, a large wind storm drove the fishing vessel Chaos aground just outside Unalaska. Rough weather delayed a Coast Guard air rescue of the boat’s crew.

Southeast Conference Wants To Change Tongass Management

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The Southeast Conference wants to change the way the Tongass National Forest is managed. The regional development-advocacy organization is working on a strategy to grow the timber industry and create jobs, while maintaining environmental protections.

School Board Questions Laws On New Student Physicals

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

Should parents pay for a state required physical exam for new students entering a public school in Alaska? That was the question raised by a member of Petersburg’s School Board this summer.

Senate Committee Debates Alaska Subsistence Management Structure

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The dual management structure that exists in Alaska to govern subsistence hunting and fishing was among the issues raised last week during a committee hearing in the U.S. Senate.

London Doctor Attempting 6-Continent Bike Ride

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Dr. Steve Fabes from London is in the midst of a six-continent bicycle ride. While cycling the length of North America, Fabes took time off to fly to Juneau and Anchorage last week to talk about his epic trip.