By Iris Samuels
Anchorage Daily News 

Governor vetoes bill intended to protect Alaskans from chemicals


September 6, 2023

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has vetoed a bill that aimed to minimize the use of harmful refrigerant chemicals that exacerbate climate change and also reduce the risk of spills of a different chemical that can pollute drinking water.

The legislation would have banned most firefighting departments from using a type of firefighting foam that has contaminated drinking water in dozens of places across Alaska and many more in the Lower 48.

The bill, originally introduced by Anchorage Rep. Stanley Wright would have allowed newly constructed buildings in Alaska to move away from using environmentally harmful c...

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