Sen. Lisa Murkowski hopes the public takes advantage of the ongoing 45-day comment period on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's draft Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Kensington Mine.
But she admits that the dialog in the House - where the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Act has been bogged in committee - will be impeded by party politics through the November presidential election.
"Bills that have any controversy are more difficult to get through when we have controversy at higher levels," Murkowski said.
Murkowski visited Juneau Saturday to make her first trip to Gold Rush Days. She spoke to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in the morning.
Murkowski has proposed two amendments in the Cape Fox bill. One addition provides access to the highwater mark and beyond for purposes of visiting ancestral sites. Another amendment would guarantee the viewshed protection from any timber harvest.