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2019 Policy Priorities

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2019 Statewide Policy Priorities

Education Tax Credit


Restore the Education Tax Credit to 100% for up to $300,000 of dollar-to-dollar educational contributions.


Formation of boroughs around lands under Native jurisdiction


  • Amend Title 29 or 3 AAC 190.110 to require the Local Boundary Commission to obtain explicit consent via board resolution from the existing Alaska Native Corporations (Village and Regional) within the proposed boundaries of a municipality or borough


  • Allow affected communities the opportunity to exclude or “opt out” existing private lands and other assets from any proposed new borough or municipality


  • Provide for a process for AVEs to “opt out” of future borough or municipality and retain these lands


ANCSA 14(c)(3) Lands

Develop a standard operating procedure at the State level to return 14(c)(3) lands to Appropriate Village Entities (AVEs)


2019 Federal Priorities

Protect Native 8(a) Contracting and support increased opportunities for ANC economic development


  • 10 % Native Contractor Preference


  • Eliminate Section 811 of the FAR


  • Develop solution to require contracting floor (goals) within tier 1 government contracts and make sure these are enforced via audit


Contaminated Lands legislative objectives:


  • Adopt mitigation clean-up credits and tax credits for clean-up activities on ANCSA lands 


  • Require a minimum of bi-annual agency reporting on the status of clean-up on ANCSA lands 


  • Provide Native contractor preference for clean-up on Native lands 


  • Swap undesirable ANCSA lands with unencumbered federal property


Infrastructure – Energy legislative priorities:


  • Ensure that Alaska Native Corporations are included in investing and service opportunities for major public infrastructure project


Equitable Revenue Sharing:


  • 3% of all Royalties from the 10-02 Area of ANWR will be shared with Alaska Native Corporations 


ANCSA contaminated lands

Background

The  goal of the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) is  to change current federal policy on land clean up and  remediation.  There are over 1,000 contaminated sites on land conveyed  to Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and additional sites on land  pending conveyance. These sites were contaminated under ownership and/or  responsibility of the federal government and then transferred to Native  ownership. 

In 1998 the Department of the Interior issued a report to Congress, entitled  Report to Congress Hazardous Substance Contamination 1998   . The report identified the need for a comprehensive fix and six action items to initiate the process. 


ANVCA  became involved when this report was brought to our attention in 2012  by one of our member Alaska Native Village Corporations. Since 2012,  ANVCA has worked to educate Alaska’s Federal delegation, the State  Legislature, members of Congress, and others to keep the issue in the  forefront. In 2014, Congress asked for an update to the 1998 report, to  identify the status of each site, for example, if any remediation had  been done, and recommendations going forward. In June of 2016 the update  was released,  2016 Update Report to Congress_ Hazardous Substance Contamination of Alaska Native Claim Settlement Act Lands in Alaska

Contaminated sites contain a variety of toxic materials including: 


Arsenic ● Solvents ● PCBs 

Asbestos ● Mining Waste Chemicals ● Mercury 

Toxic Metals ● Unexploded Ordinances ● Petroleum & Oil 


One  of ANVCA’s objectives is to work with ANCs, state and federal agencies  and other stakeholders to develop criteria to prioritize remediation  ANCSA contaminated sites. Potential criteria could include impacts on  health and safety, severity of contamination, cultural significance of  the site, or economic development potential. Few studies have been  conducted on the health and safety impacts of the contamination on human  health, however anecdotally villages report higher rates of cancer and  other illnesses linked to hazardous substances. Many of the rural  contaminated sites are Villages which practice subsistence lifestyles  there has been only limited research on the contaminants impacts to  fish, berries and wildlife in these areas. 



ANCSA Resource Guide – Site Cleanup 

In  2016, ANVCA and a strategic task force including state, federal and  tribal representatives developed the ANCSA Resource Guide to Cleanup for  ANCSA Conveyed sites. This brochure is an overview of the current  process from suspected contamination to restoration, list of potential  resources, definitions and recommended practices. 


To download the brochure,  click  HERE 

To visit the DEC online database of these sites click  HERE 

Visit the ANTHC Website to learn more about the work group  HERE 

WATCH testimony from Afognak Board member Sarah Lukin to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee HERE


Contaminated sites spread through Alaska (some sites have been remediated)
Contaminated sites spread through Alaska (some sites have been remediated)