Alaska senators lauded the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency's Appeals Board to dismiss challenges to Royal Dutch Shell's air-pollution permits for the company's Alaskan drilling project. "I'm relieved that the EPA's internal appeals board chose here not to drag out the process any further, and I hope that the permits for Shell's second drillship, the Kulluk, are similarly confirmed in a timely manner," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. "I'm pleased to see the EPA give another key piece of regulatory certainty that Shell can work in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas this summer," said Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, in a statement.

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