- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska’s congressional delegation is asking Secretary of State John Kerry to determine whether an international commission should be involved in reviewing the impacts that Canadian mines could have on waters flowing into southeast Alaska.

The letter follows a slightly more forceful one from Washington state’s U.S. senators last month, calling the involvement of the International Joint Commission the most effective way to ensure salmon fisheries aren’t jeopardized.

Officials in Alaska and British Columbia have committed to working together to address concerns but critics say any agreements need to be binding to have teeth.

Alaska delegation members, in their letter, say they support responsible mining. But they say Alaskans must be confident that Canadian mining activity is carried out as safely as mining in Alaska. They say that confidence doesn’t exist.

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