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Southeast communities speak out on B.C. mines (KCAW)

A growing number of municipalities in Southeast are expressing concern about the mining boom in British Columbia.

More than half a dozen mines have been proposed in B.C., and several sit in the headwaters of rivers flowing into Southeast Alaska, including the Taku, Stikine, and Unuk Rivers.

Critics are concerned the mines could affect water quality and salmon habitat.

Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Port Alexander have all either passed resolutions or written to Alaska’s congressional delegation, asking the U.S. government to intervene.

The Southeast Conference of Mayors has a similar resolution in the works. And in Ketchikan, the assembly has directed the borough manager to draft a resolution for it to consider.

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