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#12-17-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

The EPA was directed to set standards for radi...
The EPA was directed to set standards for radioactive materials under Reorganization Plan No. 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Begich to EPA: One Size Fits All Doesn’t Fit Alaska
By Amy Miller | Office of Senator Begich 19 hours ago
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is leading an effort with Hawaii’s senators urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt a phased-in approach for cruise ships forced to meet stricter standards for air emissions under the North American Emission Control Area, or ECA. Under the ECA, cruise ships will be required to burn more expensive, cleaner-burning fuel in specific geographic areas in the U.S., including all of Alaska’s Inside Passage through the Gulf of Alaska and up to the major....

Alaska aquarium lifts heat from ocean's stored energy
by Dan Joling / Associated Press
Dec 16, 2012
SEWARD, Alaska - Alaska's Resurrection Bay teems with salmon, herring and humpback whales, but when Alaska SeaLife Center chief executive officer Tara Riemer Jones looks at the fiord outside her window, she sees a way to cut her building's heating bill. The center this month turned off boilers that burn expensive fuel oil in favor of America's farthest north seawater heat pump system, which taps a....

Anchorage: City is considering three options to resolve the troubled port expansion
Published: December 16, 2012
The best options for the beleaguered Port of Anchorage project involve ripping out most of the new dock areas already constructed and then either replacing or shoring up the old dock, city officials say. One proposed fix would leave the two major cargo carriers at the old dock, which the city says is deteriorating and at the end of its useful life.......

OPINION: From the Editor: Native unity shouldn't stop at AFN
October 26th 9:54 pm | Carey Restino
Of all the experiences, orations, sights and sounds from the Alaska Federation of Natives conference this weekend, the two that stand out to me both happened at Quyana. One was a when a group of older women took to the dance floor, slightly off the stage. There were two in particular who were having an incredibly good time, hooting and laughing and dancing with everything they had. While some of the dancers were somewhat reserved, these two elderly women were not. They were thriving off the energy from the crowd and the fellow dancers. And their performance was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. A short time later, a speck of a girl, maybe two, got on stage with the Wainwright dancers and wowed the crowd into a standing ovation. Not only was she brave enough to stand up in front of hundreds of people, she knew a lot...

Sandy relief bill gets add-ons to lure GOP votes
Originally published: December 16, 2012 7:06 PM
Updated: December 16, 2012 9:43 PM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate's $60.4 billion superstorm Sandy relief bill contains more than $20 million for Alaska's fisheries and $188 million for new Amtrak tunnels in New York before commercial development gets in the way, an analysis shows. The Senate added those and possibly other projects when it turned the White House aid request into legislation last week. "Certainly there are real needs, and there is emergency spending....