The Kenai Peninsula Borough has agreed to construct a new building for the purpose of storing hazardous waste, as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. The Borough was levied the fines following a 2009 inspection of a storage facility in Soldotna.
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The Holland America cruise ship M/S Amsterdam has completed its 2012 “Alaskan Explorer” tour – with ports of call in Kodiak and Homer – a bit prematurely. The cruise line announced Friday that, due to a nasty weekend weather forecast, the ship would abandon plans to make a final stop in Homer and Kodiak.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has agreed to build a new hazardous waste storage facility. That announcement comes after the Borough was assessed a fine by the Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal waste management rules at the current facility in Soldotna.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board met last week in Homer. One of the hot topics up for discussion was teacher and staff contracts, as presidents from both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Education Support Association addressed the Board.
Era Alaska was rerouting some passengers to other airlines Sunday due to equipment upgrades on its aircraft. In a press release Sunday, Era officials said that upon learning that that the cockpit voice recorder common to its entire fleet did not fully conform to all regulatory specifications, the company’s senior management grounded all Era Alaska planes.
Although it was a Chinese heavy-lift vessel that brought the “Endeavour” jack-up rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, the rig might have carried its own unique cargo. In a press release Friday, the EPA noted the violations identified in a 2009 inspection, which involved a failure to determine if the waste being handled was hazardous and improper labeling of some substances.
With Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday making the decision not to run for reelection in the October 2nd municipal election, tow sitting members of the Homer City Council are vying to take his place. KBBI’s Aaron Selbig sat down for an interview with Beth Wythe and Bryan Zak.
Another step toward relief for Cook Inlet fishermen was taken Thursday. In a letter to Governor Sean Parnell, acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank declared that failed commercial fisheries in Cook Inlet constitute a fishery resource disaster.