Exposing the EPA – Documents reveal a lawless attempt to block an Alaska mine project
May13

Exposing the EPA – Documents reveal a lawless attempt to block an Alaska mine project

A basic precept of American democracy is that petitioners before their government receive a full and fair hearing. The Obama Environmental Protection Agency is in urgent need of that remedial civics lesson. The EPA inspector general’s office last week announced it will investigate the agency’s February decision to commence a pre-emptive veto of the Pebble Mine project, a jobs-rich proposal to develop America’s largest U.S. copper and gold mine in southwest Alaska. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says her decision to strike down Pebble before it received a hearing shouldn’t worry other developers because Pebble is a “unique” threat. She needs to say this because the truth might chill billions of dollars in investment in the U.S. The IG is looking into internal EPA documents that we’ve also obtained that show agency officials were maneuvering to kill Pebble more than five years ago, and that EPA’s main concern was building a façade of science and procedure to justify it. This story goes back to the debate over the 1972 Clean Water Act, which gave the Army Corps of Engineers the power to evaluate projects and issue permits. Congress gave EPA only a secondary role of reviewing and potentially vetoing projects (with cause) under Section 404c. EPA has long chafed at this secondary role, which has made it harder to nix projects approved by the Corps. A worker with the Pebble Mine project test drills in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska in 2007. Associated Press EPA’s decision to initiate a veto process before Pebble had even received an Army Corps review is a disturbing first—and a flouting of the law. The internal documents refute EPA’s repeated claims that it began this process only in “response to petitions” from local Native American tribes in May 2010, and that peer-reviewed science drove its veto. Emails show that EPA biologist Phillip North, based in Alaska and working on Pebble, was in 2008 advocating that his agency bring down the 404c hammer. “The 404 program has a major role” with Pebble, wrote Mr. North to Patricia McGrath, EPA’s regional mining coordinator for Alaska, in August 2008. By August 2009, Mr. North was pushing for EPA’s annual mining retreat to include a discussion about vetoing the project: “As you know, I feel that [Pebble] merit[s] consideration of a 404C veto.” The retreat included that discussion, though Pebble’s developer hadn’t yet applied for a permit. By early 2010 EPA staff made a Power Point presentation for former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson about Pebble that lists a “pre-emptive” veto under “future options.” Emails also show that Mr. North was actively engaging outside critics of Pebble. When the...

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Ace Dragon Coatings & Foam, Inc.:  Polyurea coatings and more
May11

Ace Dragon Coatings & Foam, Inc.: Polyurea coatings and more

Nikiski, Alaska is home to Ace Dragon Coatings & Foam, Inc., a “Made in Alaska” company specializing in spray foam insulation, polyuria coatings, epoxy painting and fireproofing. With a focus on training, safety and environmental safety, Ace Dragon Coatings & Foam has had great success with using their polyurea thick-film coating to extend the lives of thin metal tanks used in the oil and gas industry. Their process and coating extended the life of a tank for an additional 14 years. In their words, “Install the best product, do it with professional skill and integrity – that is our mode of operation. Our History & Our Future is NO INJURIES / NO ACCIDENTS! Industrial Applications are what we are trained and insured for. I have worked over 30 years in Chemical & Nuclear Plants, Oil & Gas Production Facilities on the North Slope.” To learn more about how Ace Dragon Coatings & Foam can help you insulate and protect your home, or provide coatings and paint products to your business, visit their website at...

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Greer Tank & Welding: Serving Alaska since 1952
May11

Greer Tank & Welding: Serving Alaska since 1952

Founded in his home in 1952 by Glenn Greer, Greer Tank and welding has grown to three locations in Alaska and Washington State and is still going strong. With Greer Tank locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks and Greer Steel, Inc. located in Lakewood, WA, the company continues to be a family-run operation recognized for safety. From steel and aluminum fabrication to customized steel tanks, septic tanks, polyethylene tanks and ATV trailers, Greer each location specializes in commercial and residential tank fabrication and much more. “Greer’s certified, on-staff welding inspectors and quality control program, ensures that no details of your project have gone unnoticed. Greer’s three locations and their fleet of delivery vehicles, allow the coverage and mobility to meet your requirements quickly and economically.” To see product examples and learn more about the shop capabilities at each of their locations, visit...

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Acuren:  Alaska’s Leader in NDT, Inspection and Engineering
May11

Acuren: Alaska’s Leader in NDT, Inspection and Engineering

Acuren, a Rockwood Company, is a nondestructive testing (NDT), Inspection and Engineering firm with a long and successful history supporting the integrity of Alaska’s petrochemical, refinery and pipeline industries. Acuren employs a large local workforce of certified technicians, invests heavily in data management tools and technology, and strictly adheres to industry-recognized training standards. The result? Safe, reliable service and dependable, repeatable results. Acuren’s services include: Shutdowns and Turnarounds Run and Maintain Callout NDT Consultant Expansion Projects Laboratory & Calibration Industrial Rope Access PMI Services Learn more about Acuren and our “Higher Level of Reliability” by visiting www.acuren.com or call...

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Fairbanks logistics company will take anything anywhere
May05

Fairbanks logistics company will take anything anywhere

Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 12:00 am By Tim Mowry TMOWRY@NEWSMINER.COM FAIRBANKS — When Taiga Ventures sets up a remote camp for a mineral exploration, construction or other company doing work in the Alaska wilderness, it comes with everything, including the kitchen sink. Bathrooms, showers, complete kitchen, water and sewer treatment plants, washers and dryers, living and sleeping quarters, recreational facilities, offices, food, internet, TV, cooks, house keepers and a camp manager. “A total turnkey camp,” is how Taiga owner Mike Tolbert put it. As for a rumor about an espresso machine, that’s not true — unless, of course, it’s requested. “Whatever the client wants,” administrative manager Carole Romberg said of Taiga’s business philosophy. It’s that kind of customer service that has helped Taiga Ventures earn a reputation as the state’s leader in remote logistical services. The company is Alaska’s largest, portable, soft-sided camp operator, setting up camps at remote locations around the state during the summer or winter months. Click here to read...

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