1) Write a letter to Department of Natural Resources Assistant Director Kyle Moselle asking for more time to comment.

Make sure to reference “Draft Waste Management Permit No. 2019DB0001” and “Draft Reclamation Plan Approval (J20185690RPA) Amendment 1 (Estimate of Financial Assurances)” at the top of your comment, and start with a brief summary of your comment.

You can say something like this:

Thirty days is not enough time for us to review 2,000 pages of documents, understand the implications to our community, and then provide meaningful comments on a very complex issue. The Palmer Project could have significant, long term impacts on our community, and we deserve to understand and participate in the process.  

Key Points:

Ask ADNR to extend the comment period to at least 90 days.

Hell, ask them for 120 days!

Ask ADNR to ensure meaningful consultation and consent with impacted downstream Tribal Governments and communities before approving any permit applications.

Consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Alaska’s Millennium Agreement

Ask ADNR to withdraw the application until such time as a complete application can be submitted

The application presents inadequate baseline data and analysis for measuring the long-term impacts of mine exploration and development.
The application fails to adequately explain how its proposed discharge system and monitoring system will work in freezing temperatures, under snow cover, during avalanches, or even during periods of avalanche risk.
 

Contact:

Kyle Moselle, Associate Director
Alaska Department of Natural Resources 
Office of Project Management and Permitting
PO Box 111030 
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone:(907) 465-6849
Cell:(907) 209-9759
Fax: (907) 465-3886 
kyle.moselle@alaska.gov

Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and a concise statement of your comment and the relevant facts upon which it is based.
For maximum impact, cc our state legislators, Senator Jessie Kiehl and Representative Sara Hannan.

Read the documents here

 

2) Help the Chilkat Indian Village respond to industrial mining. Support government-to-government consultations requested by the CIV.

Governor Dunleavy’s Administration has refused Chilkat Indian Village’s request to establish government-to-government consultation (their right) on the Constantine-Palmer Project.

“This shift in treatment of Tribes by the State of Alaska is disheartening. It demonstrates a complete lack of understanding and respect for the first people of Alaska. The Dunleavy Administration is grossly eroding away at the long lasting relationship that has been built between Tribes and the State of Alaska. Governor Dunleavy’s actions are highly detrimental, to all Alaskan’s who value our way of life over corporate interest and outside shareholders who are permitted to extract our public resources and contaminate our lands, waters, food and communities.”

-Kimberly Strong, Chilkat Indian Village Tribal Council President

Contact:

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 110001
Juneau, AK 99811-0001
(907) 465-3500

 

3) Contact DOWA and ask them to divest their shares in Constantine.

You can say something like this:

The Palmer Project is in the headwaters of a healthy salmon river, upstream of a traditional indigenous community and a robust fishing and tourist economy. The project is situated in an extreme environment, amid glaciers and avalanche paths, along seismic faults. Polluting this pristine watershed is inevitable with a project like Palmer. We will stand up for our community and work to help prevent this project from moving into production. Please divest your interest in this hazardous, unethical project.

Contact:

Board of Directors, DOWA Metals and Mining Company, Ltd.
14-1, Sotokanda 4-Chome Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan

Email:
metalmine@dowa.co.jp OR join American Rivers and email DOWA here

 

4) Support strengthening local regulations

Local regulations can be stronger than state and federal regulations, which do not adequately protect water quality. Contact the Haines Borough Assembly and ask them to take an active part in the permitting process for the Constantine-Palmer project.

The Haines Borough Assembly is holding public hearings on the proposed Aqueous Hazardous Waste Storage ordinance. This ordinance prohibits the storage of hazardous waste like mining slurry within one mile of surface waters like the Chilkat River and its tributaries.

The next meeting will be held in the Assembly Chambers, Public Safety Building - 213 Haines Highway starting at 6:30 PM on Thursday June 27th.
Let's fill the Assembly Chambers to show the Haines Borough Assembly that we care about where toxic waste can be stored within our Borough!

 

5) Stay informed! Sign up for email lists of your favorite conservation organizations

Lynn Canal Conservation

SEACC

Rivers Without Borders

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American Rivers