Alaska’s Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both Republicans, on Monday hosted a number of state and federal agencies, local organizations and commissioners of the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission for a round-table discussion of transboundary mining.
Among the organizations present were the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Salmon Beyond Borders, Council of Alaska Producers, Alaska Miners Association and United Fishermen of Alaska.
Government organizations present were the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Additionally there were representatives from the office of the governor as well as state legislators from Juneau.
The round-table was held in an effort to strengthen international efforts to resolve the many issues created by mining operations close to the border. Mining operations produce toxic waste which is often discharged into lakes or rivers whose waters flow across international borders and in some cases into the ocean.
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