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Begich Praises Army Corps Decision on Kensington Mine Project

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today issued the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers issued a decision that will allow Coeur Alaska, Inc. to proceed with the Kensington Mine project near Juneau.

"I am pleased to hear that, after reviewing the facts and more than 8,500 public comments, the Army Corps of Engineers made the right decision. The Corps has extended the permit issued in 2005 to Coeur Alaska authorizing the company to construct a mine tailings storage facility in Lower Slate Lake at the Kensington gold mine in Southeast Alaska.

"The amended permit confirms my belief that the disposal of tailings in Slate Lake is the environmentally preferable option, and when the project is complete will actually leave the lake with improved fish habitat.

"This is good news for an ailing Southeast Alaska economy, and after twenty years of study and debate, Alaskans can finally go to work.  The mine will create hundreds of good-paying jobs for Alaskans and help expand the mining industry in a responsible way.

August 14, 2009

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