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Don't assume Coeur can't go ahead with its tailings plan

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2007

After reading the Empire's article on Aug. 21, "SEACC Urges Cooperation on Mine," I thought we should remind readers that just because the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council continues to say, "Coeur Alaska lacks lawful means of handling the tailings" doesn't make it true.

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Morris Publications is complicit with SEACC in continuing to reiterate the presumption that Coeur's Kensington Mine does not have legal approval for its tailings disposal.

The fact is that Coeur secured about 60 permits from federal, state and local regulators. The fact is that the federal district court dismissed SEACC's suit as being without merit. The fact is that all our regulators and a federal court based in Alaska believe Coeur has a legal plan for tailings disposal.

It is only the SEACC and its group of anti-mine buddies and three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who are attempting to stop the development of the Kensington Mine. Remember that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the most overturned court of appeals in America.

Next time we hear SEACC profess the need to be legal, lets remember that many more governmental agencies believe the Kensington has followed the law and should proceed with its legal tailings disposal as permitted.

Denny DeWitt

Juneau



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