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Saturday, July 02, 2005


Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has issued preliminary approval of the State's amended Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP).

"This is a victory for State's rights. Securing preliminary approval of the state's program amendment has been a long process," said Governor Murkowski. "By asserting our vision of what is in the best interest of the state, we finally have a coastal management program that works for Alaska, and that's a huge success."

Alaska began implementing the ACMP in 1979. Dissatisfaction with the program's outdated and increasingly unwieldy and complex requirements grew until a bill was introduced to repeal the ACMP in 1997. Though that bill was never passed, in 2003 the Alaska State Legislature passed HB 191, mandating reform of the ACMP and calling for a simplified program that eliminated duplication of laws, while ensuring protection of coastal uses and resources.

Since passage of HB 191 in 2003, the state has been working with OCRM to finalize and describe the amended ACMP in a manner that satisfies the federal requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Act, while meeting Alaska's needs for management and protection of the state's coastal uses and resources. On June 2, 2005, the State submitted a formal request to OCRM to approve the program amendments. The submission of that request and program description concluded an arduous, detailed, comprehensive, and collaborative effort by the State and OCRM on the approvability of the state's coastal program.

In a letter to DNR Commissioner Tom Irwin dated June 27, 2005, OCRM responded to the State and issued preliminary approval of the amendments to the ACMP, confirming that Alaska has satisfied the procedural requirements and is likely to satisfy the applicable program approval standards of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act. With preliminary approval, OCRM will initiate the process to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, and expects to complete that process and issue final approval of the ACMP amendments by December 31, 2005.

"This has been a tremendous effort on all accounts," said Commissioner Irwin. "It took the leadership of Governor Murkowski to kick-start this process, and the willingness of folks in the coastal areas to assist in the final push to get this preliminary approval."

"The ACMP program is valuable to our coastal communities," said Murkowski. "I am pleased that OCRM recognized its role to 'assist the states' in managing their coastal resources. Their preliminary approval of our amended ACMP plan is a significant victory."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Headlines we'd like to read: "Dissatisfaction with the federal government's outdated and increasingly unwieldy and complex requirements grew until a bill was introduced to repeal the Alaska Statehood Act in 2006. The Alaska Constitutional Monarchy Movement selected Dennis Imprimis Rex as the first King of Alaska."

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the next hurricane category ; the easy way to keep going.

12:21 PM  

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