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Regional Forester upholds Kensington gold project decision


March 27, 2005

Juneau, Alaska - Alaska Forest Service, Regional Forester Dennis Bschor, on Thursday upheld the Tongass National Forest Supervisor's decision to approve amendments to the 1997 Kensington Gold Mine Plan of Operations submitted by Coeur Alaska. The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council appealed the forest's decision to Bschor. Implementation of the plan of operations will not be approved until Coeur Alaska obtains all necessary permits, licenses and certifications from federal, state, and local agencies.

SEACC appealed the Kensington Gold Project Final Supplemental EIS and Record of Decision on several points, alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the National Forest Management Act. The organization's appeal was denied on all points.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Alaska Department of Natural Resources participated as cooperating agencies. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will issues separate records of decision.

The proposed Kensington Mine project is located 50 miles north of Juneau on the north side of Berners Bay.



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