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6:34 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

8/6/14 KNBA News - A Canadian tailings dam break prompts fears pollution will reach Alaskan waters

CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports a tailings dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries, according to critics who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaskan waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $888,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for research on climate change and contaminant shifts, and effects on human health in rural communities. The grant is one of six given out nationwide. The study will focus on traditional foods.

Two fishermen were hit with jail time and thousands of dollars in fines for commercial trolling out of season in Southeast Alaska.