Alaska official disputes EPA toxic chemical release analysis

Published: Feb. 17, 2020 at 10:37 AM AKST
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The Environmental Protection Agency reports Alaska led the nation in 2018 toxic chemical releases.

But a state commissioner contends a large portion should not be categorized as toxic.

The Juneau Empire reported that Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune says releases caused by unearthed rocks moved at mining sites do not have a significant effect on public health.

Brune says more than 99% of Alaska’s 970.6 million pounds of releases were land releases connected to metal mining.

The EPA reports that 30 Alaska facilities released about 972 million pounds of Toxic Release Inventory chemicals.

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