ANCHORAGE - The state has applied to the federal government for the authority to run the Environmental Protection Agency's waste waster permit program in Alaska.
Alaska is one of only five states that has not taken on the job under the federal Clean Water Act.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program issues permits to municipal and industrial facilities that discharge water into U.S. waters.
Under the proposal, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, with oversight from the EPA, would run the program. If the state's application is approved, the permitting program would be phased in over a three-year period.
A decision on the application is expected by Nov. 1.