The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012||
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 185
Exempt Discharges From Use Of Munitions
“An Act relating to an exemption from authorizations that may be required by the Department of Environmental Conservation for the firing or other use of munitions on active ranges.”
Posted: March 18, 2011 : v27-LS0506-B
Bill Version: CSHB 185(RES)
Status: (S) RLS : 2012-03-06
HB 185 amends Alaska's Waste Management and Disposal Authorization (AS 46.03.100(e)) such that the use of military ranges can occur in accordance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
Additionally, HB 185 clarifies that all military services, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, conducting training activities on an active range, would be exempt from regulation unless otherwise regulated under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
This amendment is important because current state law could be interpreted to restrict the use of Alaska military ranges in a way not required by federal law.
This bill is supported by DMVA, DEC, and the Region 10 USAF Regional Environmental Coordinator Office.
I appreciate the committee's consideration for this bill and request your support.