Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Agency: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Address: 410 Willoughby Ave, Ste. 303, Juneau, 99811-1800 AK
  • Chief:
Phone: 907-465-5066
Fax: 907-465-5070
Email:

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is located at 410 Willoughby Ave, Ste. 303, Juneau, 99811-1800 AK. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation phone number is 907-465-5066.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation News

Did you know little ones and the elderly are most affected by dust pollution? Help keep our air safe for all to enjoy. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2vM4bbK Photo Credit: Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library

Hormel Food Corp., is recalling products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically pieces of metal. The recall is for 12-oz. cans of “SPAM Classic” and “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” produced on February 8 through February 10, 2018, and bearing the number “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can. More information is available at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-041-2018-release

DEC has announced an advisory for the beach at Knudson Cove in Ketchikan due to elevated levels of enterococci bacteria found in in recent samples of the marine water at this location. DEC recommends beach users take normal precautions to avoid exposure, such as avoid swimming in the water, wash after contact with the water, and rinse fish with clean water after harvesting from the area. As always, people should cook seafood to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy pathogens. More information on sampling sites in the Ketchikan area can be found on the Alaska BEACH Grant Program website at http://dec.alaska.gov/water/water-quality/beach-program/.

A friendly reminder: DEC offices will be closed to the public on Friday, May 25, as part of a cost-savings measure via an unpaid employee furlough day, and will be closed on Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day. Offices wll re-open on Tuesday, May 29. The Spill and Response Team will be standing by during the office closure, and spills may be reported by calling 1-800-478-9300.

Noticing effects of poor air quality? You can help improve poor air quality when you drive by simply slowing down. For additional tips on what you can do for your community’s air, visit: https://bit.ly/2HXFVpD

Driving slowly on unpaved roads can help to seriously reduce dust pollution in your community’s air. By doing your part, you can help make a difference. For more tips on how to lower dust pollution in your area, visit: http://bit.ly/2HvyuZI

Have you seen our EnviroScape? It lets you see how decisions we make cause soil errosion and water pollution, and what we can do to keep our water clean. Stop by the Juneau Maritime Festival this Saturday and let Gretchen and Jen show you how it works! https://www.facebook.com/juneaumaritimefestival/

Conagra Brands, Inc., a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 135,159 pounds of Salisbury steak products (poultry, pork, and beef) that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically bone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-031-2018-release

ATVs and other vehicles are the greatest contributors to dust pollution in our communities. By slowing down when you drive, you can help reduce dust pollution. For more information on how you can help, visit: http://bit.ly/2vM4bbK

Have you heard of arctic haze? Arctic haze occurs north of the Arctic Circle, and is comprised of human-made and naturally occurring aerosols produced as far south as the tropics. Tiny aerosol particles can travel great distances, and produce a haze that limits the ability to see because they are perfectly sized to block light waves. The aerosols in arctic haze include volcanic dust, desert dust, and sea salt, but the primary component is smoke from coal burning and metal smelting in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Asia. Artic haze is most visible in Alaska in the springtime, when seasonal weather patterns bring increased airflow from these industrial regions. More information on Arctic haze and regional haze can be found on DEC’s Regional Haze in Alaska webpage: http://dec.alaska.gov/air/anpms/regional-haze The PBS Learning Media video “Arctic Haze” is a short video that describes how the once clear blue Alaska skies have become less transparent. https://alaskapublic.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ean08.sci.ess.earthsys.arctichaze/arctic-haze/#.WtEJoE2WymQ #AQAW2018 Air Now

Do you know what the LEO Network is? If yes, congratulations on getting involved in your community! If no, then check out the links below to get involved in the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network. Anyone at all can join the network. LEO members are encouraged to post observations of environmental change, including air quality. Observations concerning air quality will be added to the projects pictured above, to bring them to the attention of air quality experts and help understanding emerging environmental themes. Learn how to use the LEO Network at http://www.leonetwork.org/…/how-can-i-use-leo-network-infor… Join LEO at www.leonetwork.org #AQAW2018 Air Now

Is smoke keeping you inside? Concerned about the air quality in your neighborhood? Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) Air Quality is here to help. We have offices in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks with staff who can answer questions or help with your concerns about air quality. If you have a specific complaint about wood smoke, coal burning, or unusual odors you may use the following website to report an activity you observed: https://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Complaints Trained staff will evaluate your complaint and investigate the problem. The more information you can give will help ADEC staff better resolve the problem. Thank you for helping keep Alaska’s air clean. #AQAW2018 Air Now

Working on spring cleaning your property? Do you know how to have a safe open burn of materials you want to dispose of? In order to have a safe open burn, you should keep your materials as dry as possible, and separate out things that won’t burn before you start your fire. Make sure that your fire has enough air through a natural or artificial draft. Try to separate your fire from the grass or peat layer below, and don’t allow your burn pile to smolder or create black smoke. Following these guidelines will better ensure your fire burns quickly and minimizes the impact to the quality of the air you and your neighbors are breathing. For more information including your regional contact for burn permits and questions, please visit: http://dec.alaska.gov/air/air-permit/open-burn-info #AQAW2018 Air Now

FOOD RECALL: Pinnacle Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 32,479 pounds of heat-treated, shelf stable beef products due to a possible processing deviation that may have led to staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin contamination. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-034-2018-release

Do you know if your spring burn pile is releasing toxic chemicals into the air you breathe? There are many items that are not allowed in open burns because of the impact they have on local air quality. Here are a few common things that may turn up in your spring cleaning that should not be burned: • Wood that is painted with lead-based paint or treated with a preservative such as creosote • Aerosol cans that use chloro- or fluoro- carbons • Electronics and electrical components that may contain metals and alloys • Plastics such as PVC pipe • Tires For a complete list of prohibited, unsafe items, as well as your regional contact for burn permits and questions, please visit: http://dec.alaska.gov/air/air-permit/open-burn-info #AQAW2018 Air Now

Does it bother you when dust is kicked up behind ATVs and trucks? Are your favorite subsistence foods covered with dust on the road sides? Are members of your community sensitive to dust on dry, windy days? People with asthma are more likely to be affected by dust problems in your community. Dust (also known as PM10) is a wide-spread problem across Alaska! ADEC has documented dust issues in many villages across the state. You can find reports of those studies here: http://dec.alaska.gov/air/air-monitoring/data-summaries and here http://dec.alaska.gov/air/anpms/communities DEC has tools available to help you tackle your community dust problem, and is working on a Rural Alaska Dust Toolkit with the EPA. You can find available tools at: http://dec.alaska.gov/air/anpms/communities/pm10-rural #AQAW2018 Air Now

Achoo! Do you suffer from spring allergies or asthma?! Is ambient air one of your triggers? One of Alaska’s main culprits of your misery is pollen! What can you do to limit pollen's effects? First, check the pollen count for your area if it’s available so you can take preparatory action: Anchorage: http://www.allergyalaska.com/pollen-air-quality Fairbanks: https://www.foundationhealth.org/tvc/for_our_patients/pollen_count Second, manage your indoor air quality using tips and techniques that you can find at these sites: EPA: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/protect-indoor-air-quality-your-home AAFA: http://www.aafa.org/page/indoor-air-quality.aspx CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/triggers_indoor.html #AQAW2018 Air Now

Am I allowed to have a bonfire? Do I need a permit to fire up a kiln? Can I burn garbage? What can I do about this dust? Why should I care about clean air in Alaska? Doesn’t it just take care of itself? If you have questions or concerns about air quality, go to the website for Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) Air Quality at: http://dec.alaska.gov/air This website has many helpful tips on how and when to burn cleanly and explains at what point a permit may be needed. There are links to permit applications and regulations, as well as up to date information about local and community air quality issues. If you have a specific air quality concern or complaint, there are links to generate a report of a specific activity. Trained ADEC staff at one of three offices (Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau) will evaluate and investigate your concern. Please give as much information as possible so that the problem may be resolved. #AQAW2018 Air Now

Want to go running? Or should you stay inside for the day? DEC posts hourly data from monitoring sites in Anchorage, Mat-Su, Fairbanks, North Pole, and Juneau. You can see if the air is GOOD (go running!) or perhaps UNHEALTHY (better stay inside and catch up on a favorite hobby) at the following link: http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Aq/ #AQAW2018 Air Now

Did you know that veterinarians play a key role in helping ensure the food you eat is safe? Veterinarians inspect animal products at all stages “from farm to fork”. By preventing and controlling animal diseases, veterinarians play a crucial role in the production of safe, high-quality food, while improving the health and welfare of people and animals. DEC’s dedicated veterinarians work to support Alaska’s farmers by safeguarding the health of Alaska’s livestock, reindeer and poultry, and preventing animal diseases from passing to humans. We would like to wish State Veterinarians Dr. Bob Gerlach and Dr. Sarah Coburn a Happy World Veterinary Day! Thank you for all that you do to help keep Alaskans and our environment safe and healthy!

The Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation stand up a Unified Command in response to a gasoline release in Scammon Bay, Wednesday. To read more, click the link below: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/…/bulletins/1ec633c Spill response page: https://dec.alaska.gov/spar/ppr/spill-information/response/2018/08-askinuk-tank-farm/

Are you planning on processing seafood this summer? Don't miss the boat! It's time to get in your Seafood Processors permit application! During this busy time, application processing can take up to 60 days, so submit your application ASAP if you plan on processing seafood in June. Application forms are available at: http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/fss/seafood.aspx. If you are unsure of whether you need a Seafood Processors permit, send us an e-mail at seafoodprocessing@alaska.gov.

Do you want to learn more about the Ketchikan beach monitoring project? Gretchen Pikul from DEC will be on KRBD at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning to talk about the health of your beaches.