- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 46. Water, Air, Energy, and Environmental Conservation
- Chapter 3. Environmental Conservation
- Section 20. Powers of the Department.
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AS 46.03.020. Powers of the Department.
The department may
- (1) enter into contracts and compliance agreements necessary or convenient to carry out the functions, powers, and duties
of the department;
- (2) review and appraise programs and activities of state departments and agencies in light of the policy set out in AS 46.03.010
for the purpose of determining the extent to which the programs and activities are contributing to the achievement of
that policy and to make recommendations to the departments and agencies, including environmental
- (3) consult with and cooperate with
- (A) officials and representatives of any nonprofit corporation or organization in the state;
- (B) persons, organizations, and groups, public and private, using, served by, interested in, or concerned with the
environment of the state;
- (4) appear and participate in proceedings before any state or federal regulatory agency involving or affecting the
purposes of the department;
- (5) undertake studies, inquiries, surveys, or analyses it may consider essential to the accomplishment of the purposes of
the department; these activities may be carried out by the personnel of the department or in cooperation with public or
private agencies, including educational, civic, and research organizations, colleges, universities, institutes, and
- (6) at reasonable times, enter and inspect with the consent of the owner or occupier any property or premises to
investigate either actual or suspected sources of pollution or contamination or to ascertain compliance or
noncompliance with a regulation that may be adopted under AS 46.03.020
- 46.03.040; information relating to secret processes
or methods of manufacture discovered during investigation is confidential;
- (7) conduct investigations and hold hearings and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of accounts, books,
and documents by the issuance of a subpoena;
- (8) advise and cooperate with municipal, regional, and other local agencies and officials in the state, to carry out the
purposes of this chapter;
- (9) act as the official agency of the state in all matters affecting the purposes of the department under federal laws now
or hereafter enacted;
- (10) adopt regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter, including, by way of example and not
limitation, regulations providing for
- (A) control, prevention, and abatement of air, water, or land or subsurface land pollution;
- (B) safeguard standards for petroleum and natural gas pipeline construction, operation, modification, or alteration;
- (C) protection of public water supplies by establishing minimum drinking water standards, and standards for the
construction, improvement, and maintenance of public water supply systems;
- (D) collection and disposal of sewage and industrial waste;
- (E) collection and disposal of garbage, refuse, and other discarded solid materials from industrial, commercial,
agricultural, and community activities or operations;
- (F) control of pesticides;
- (G) other purposes as may be required for the implementation of the policy declared in AS 46.03.010
- (H) handling, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous wastes;
- (11) inspect the premises of sellers and suppliers of paint, vessels, and marine and boating supplies, and take other
actions necessary to enforce AS 46.03.715
- (12) notwithstanding any other provision of law, take all actions necessary to receive authorization from the administrator
of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to administer and enforce a National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System program in accordance with 33 U.S.C. 1342 (sec. 402, Clean Water Act), 33 U.S.C. 1345 (sec. 405, Clean
Water Act), 40 C.F.R. Part 123, and 40 C.F.R. Part 403, as amended.
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