Canada OKs giant British Columbia gold mine over Southeast Alaska fears (Alaska Dispatch News)
Top Canadian environmental officials have rejected calls from Southeast Alaska for a new, more thorough environmental review of a mine that may threaten jointly targeted salmon stocks.
The massive Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mine being developed by Seabridge Gold already won approval from the province of British Columbia, but Alaskans, with fishing, Native and environmental groups leading the way, called for a more stringent "panel review" at the Canadian federal level.
But Friday, Canada's environment minister and other officials announced they'd concluded that no further review was necessary.
The KSM mine "is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when the mitigation measures described in the Comprehensive Study Report are taken into account," the environmental assessment decision announced Friday said.
Fears that multiple mines in British Columbia, with KSM the nearest, would threaten Alaska fisheries and the environment were highlighted when Imperial Metals' Mount Polley mine tailings dam breached in August, spilling millions of gallons of waste rock and water into tributaries of the salmon-rich Fraser River in southern B.C.
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