A company that sought to develop a major coal mine 45 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska has suspended applications for state permits as of March 31. PacRim Coal’s proposed Chuitna Coal Project was first proposed in 2006 and faced strong local opposition over its plans to strip-mine directly through 11 miles of prime salmon-spawning habitat on a tributary of the Chuitna. The project has suffered regulatory setbacks as well as public ones. In November 2016, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers stopped considering — or “administratively withdrew” — PacRim’s permit application to discharge its fill material into Army Corps-regulated waters. The president of the Native Village of Tyonek, about 12 miles southeast of the mine site and roughly 2.5 miles south of its coal-loading terminal, said in a press release that “our salmon, our way of life, and our land are safe.”

– via the Peninsula Clarion and the Associated Press

 

 

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