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.
Source of News:
USFA - Tongass National Forest
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