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Conserving, improving, and protecting Alaska's natural resources and environment to enhance the health, safety, and economic and social well-being of Alaskans.


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Deputy Commissioner Emma Pokon

The chief executive office of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation provides agency direction and administration and is policy liaison with the Governor's Office and Legislature.

Primary Services

  • Provides policy direction for the department
  • Ensures that public concerns are fully considered in department decisions and actions
  • Establishes department objectives and assures performance
  • Serves as spokesperson for the Governor on environmental matters
  • Issues decisions on administrative appeal requests
  • Adopts all department regulations

Regulatory Programs

Fundamental elements:

  • Unambiguous statutory authority
  • Documented basis for concern
  • Protective standards
  • Rational regulatory scheme
  • Documented compliance
  • Enforcement

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