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Begich Urges Final Approval of Greens Creek Tailings Expansion Permit


U.S. Senator Mark Begich today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack urging that a final decision by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) be made on the permit for the expansion of the tailings disposal area for the Greens Creek Mine near Juneau.

Sen. Begich wrote:  “As I have communicated with the leadership of the USFS and high-ranking members of your department, construction of the tailings project needs to proceed in a timely manner.  The final EIS has been delayed over the past year, and an expanded area must be ready soon to meet the operational needs of the company.  I would appreciate your personal assurance that a decision by the Forest Service will not be further delayed.”

Senator Begich has been advocating that the USFS work with Hecla Mining Company, the owner of Greens Creek, ever since the permitting process began in 2010. 

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