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The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency to classify the Kenai River as "impaired." The point of the request is to force users and agencies to deal with the problem, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

"The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation proposed listing the river after water samples revealed hydrocarbon levels that exceeded state standards of 10 parts per billion in the month of July every year since 2000, when testing began," the Associated Press reported.

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