Kensington permit wins extension

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2000

The Juneau Planning Commission extended Coeur Alaska's large mine permit to develop the Kensington Mine and continued action for Thunder Mountain Minerals in its effort to obtain a small mine permit for a placer mining operation at Tuesday's meeting.

Also, because the meeting ran until 12:30 a.m. there wasn't time to review the application of a conditional use permit to locate and operate Montana Creek Development's portable asphalt plant in the Mendenhall Valley.

That issue will be heard at a special meeting of the planning commission slated for Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in assembly chambers.

In the case of the Kensington, Community Development Department Director Cheryl Easterwood cautioned that the permit extension applies only to the original permit, which was issued in 1997.

"It doesn't authorize any changes," she said.

She added there was testimony and a lot of questions regarding the small mine permit for processing rock dump tailings mostly regarding potential noise and dust problems so the commission asked additional information be presented in an Oct. 24 meeting.

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