A state agency is extending the deadline for the proposed Donlin Mine’s draft reclamation plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says the public can submit comments until September 6. The agency also extended the deadline for comments on how Donlin plans to pay for the clean up.
Last week, the Yukon Kuskokwim River Alliance, a local working group that opposes the mine, sent a letter to DNR and the Department of Environmental Conservation saying there simply wasn’t enough time for the public to weigh in — specifically in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
It’s the height of the subsistence season, and most people are gathering berries and fishing to stock up for the winter, the letter says, which means people can’t find the time to read and comment on a 400-page document.
The local working group also asked for a public hearing. Faith Martineau, the executive director for the permitting process at DNR, says the agency is considering that request.
Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers is on track to roll out its record of decision on the mine next week. The decision will determine how the project moves forward.
- It would cost a lot more to pay the full amount under the formula – $840 million.
- the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said about 22 contaminated sites still need to be cleaned up in the Ketchikan-Gateway Borough.
- The company’s owner, Kunniak Hopson, moved to Chugiak 11 years ago from Utqiaġvik, which she calls Barrow. When she was growing up, her family always put McCormick’s Salt ‘n Spice on maktak, which is frozen whale blubber and skin. But McCormick’s stopped making it and she had to find an alternative.
- A set of massive whale bones rests on the bottom of the Newport, Oregon, bay. Scientists from Oregon State University put them there with a plan for a future display on shore. But they’re having trouble finding the money to retrieve the rare blue whale skeleton from beneath the waves.