We are appalled that the Environmental Protection Agency has chosen to make a back door attempt to overrule the US Supreme Court decision affirming Slate Lake for the Kensington mine's tailings disposal, thereby undermining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the proper permit-issuing authority.
The "new information" presented by the EPA doesn't amount to a hill of beans. Rather, it appears to be a delaying device at best, and obstructionist at worst.
There are few of us in Southeast Alaska that want to see a sprawling, 11-foot-high wall of concrete facing Lynn Canal. Talk about a blight on the environment!
That the EPA would, at this late date in the mine's development and in the sagging economic times, try to circumvent a project that would employ more than a couple hundred locals, including many who have taken the University of Alaska Southeast mining course to prepare themselves for the opening, is incomprehensible and irresponsible.
Rudy and Judy Ripley
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