NEWS: Rep. Edgmon Concerned with Settlement of Pebble Mine Lawsuit

Juneau – Representative Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) has released the following statement in response to the settlement of a lawsuit between the Environmental Protection Agency and the developer of the proposed Pebble Mine. The settlement forces the EPA to back off from its finding under the Clean Water act that a mine would do severe damage to the Bristol Bay watershed, fish, and wildlife. The settlement also sets a deadline for the Pebble Limited Partnership to apply for permits to develop a large gold, copper, and molybdenum mine on state owned land north of Lake Iliamna in the Bristol Bay region.

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NEWS: Rep. Josephson Applauds Increased Oversight of the Proposed Pebble Mine

Juneau – Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) released the following statement upon learning that the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is placing new requirements on the Pebble Limited Partnership’s land-use permit for its mining claims in the Bristol Bay region. DNR is requiring some of the boreholes drilled during exploration activities be inspected, reclaimed, and closed during the upcoming 2017 field season.

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NEWS: Transboundary Mining Prompts Concern from Rep. Ortiz

Juneau – Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) has introduced a resolution asking the United States and Canadian Governments to investigate the downstream effects of proposed and existing transboundary mining developments. House Joint Resolution 9 was introduced to protect Alaska’s pristine water and healthy wild salmon populations.

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NEWS: Rep. Ortiz Will Attend Southeast Conference Annual Meeting in Prince Rupert, British Columbia

ANCHORAGE – Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) will be attending the Southeast Conference Annual Meeting next week in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The meeting will feature researchers, business owners, and political leaders from across Southeast Alaska and Western Canada. 

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NEWS: House Fisheries Committee Passes the Bristol Bay Fisheries Act

JUNEAU- On Tuesday, the House Fisheries Committee passed House Bill 119 sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage). The bill seeks to protect the world-famous Bristol Bay fisheries from the harmful impacts of any large-scale metallic sulfide mine located within the boundaries of the existing Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: UAS Intro to Mining Class

The UAS/high school course “Introduction to Mining Occupations and Operations” will start on Monday January 26, 2015, be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 – 6:00 pm, and will conclude on April 15. The University awards 3 UAS credits to students who successfully complete the course and provides full scholarship to pay all the costs of the course.

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