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State Agency To Host Public Hearing On Donlin's Draft Reclamation Plans

The Donlin mine could impact 3,500 acres of wetlands.
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A state agency, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, will host a public hearing at the end of August about the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The hearing will also address how Donlin Gold, the company developing the mine, plans to pay for the clean up.

The public hearing will take place at the Bethel Cultural Center on August 28. The informational part of the hearing starts at 4:30 p.m., and then the public can voice concerns or support at 6:30 p.m. It’s expected to last four hours.

The public hearing follows a request from the Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance, a local working group that opposes the mine. The gold mine could be one of the biggest in the world if completed.