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Governor Urges Swift Action on Red Dog Mine Permit


March 4, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Citing the potential for severe economic impacts, Governor Sean Parnell has called for an accelerated resolution to an administrative appeal challenging a crucial federal permit for the Red Dog Mine.

Environmental groups have appealed a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to renew the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for Red Dog, located 82 miles north of Kotzebue.

Governor Parnell, in a letter to the Environmental Appeals Board of the EPA, wrote:

"This appeal process has the potential to interrupt mining operations at the Red Dog Mine. This mine is the largest zinc mine in the world, employing more than 525 people in a remote region of Alaska. The economy of that region of our State is almost totally dependent on revenues from this mine.

"The mine is the only source of tax revenues for the Northwest Arctic Borough, and contributes nearly 80 percent of the funding for local government. The mine's total contribution to local government since 2006 has been $34 million. The loss of the economy from this mine, even for a short time, will have serious consequences for the people of Northwest Alaska."

A copy of the entire letter is available at: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/documents/gov_EurikeDurr.pdf

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