The Manh Choh Project is located approximately 10 miles south of Tok, Alaska, and 12 miles west of the village of Tetlin. The mine as currently designed would be an open pit gold mine, meaning the minerals will be mined from the surface. After the ore is mined, it is proposed that it will be trucked along public highways about 240 miles (one way) for processing at the existing Kinross Fort Knox Mine, located just northeast of Fairbanks.
I have heard from numerous constituents (in person, through phone calls, and emails) communicating their stance on the project and with questions and concerns regarding the proposed Manh Choh Mine--the majority of the concerns I've received have relayed apprehension about the road transportation plan--trucking ore from one mine to the next in double-long trucks. Thank you for your questions and concerns. I appreciate your communications.
I did want to make you aware of an opportunity to get your concerns on the record with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Conservation who are now taking public comments on the Waste Management Permit--comments which could prompt a public hearing. Comments are being accepted now through March 13th at 5 PM. Containment, management, and disposal of waste rock and water are subject to regulation under a DEC Waste Management Permit.
You can send written comments by mail, email, or by using the link below.
Ashlee Adoko, Large Project Coordinator
DNR / Office of Project Management & Permitting
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501-3577
Comments may be submitted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the mine, and to comment online, visit this site.
You can read comments that have already been submitted here.
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