November 1, 2021 (Anchorage) – In episode 3 of FirstHand, the podcast, Jason Brune, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), chats with host Patty Sullivan about the walk on the tightrope of defending the health of residents and protecting the environment, while supporting the responsible development of Alaska’s natural resources.
Commissioner Brune also discusses WOTUS, United States waters, and a renewed effort by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change the definition. Last week, the state of Alaska joined an amicus brief asking the High Court to clarify the definition. “We know from the previous examples that this could have impacts, not only on large projects in Alaska, but changing this definition could impact people wishing to build a wharf or wishing to build a house on their property. “said Brune. noted.
Among other subjects, Commissioner Brune also highlights:
• hero and Big Brother, the two faces of DEC
• big projects like Pebble and how the bylaws and regulations and staff expertise make the call
• changes to the Ocean Ranger program
• efforts to get the federal government to clean up lands ceded by the federal government
• the Centraide sharing campaign, a chance for government employees to help others
Click here to listen. And so you don’t miss an episode, subscribe to the Governor’s podcasts here.