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Environmental stories that take place in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The Donlin Mine could clear a major permitting hurdle on Monday.
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The Army Corps of Engineers will roll out its record of decision for the proposed Donlin mine on Monday, August 13. This could be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, if approved.  


Bethel resident Beverly Hoffman is one of a handful of community members educating the community about Stand For Salmon.
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A controversial ballot initiative that would strengthen protections for salmon habitat will be on the ballot this November. 

The Donlin mine could impact 3,500 acres of wetlands.
Katie Basile / KYUK

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 proposed Donlin mine would impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
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Chefornak is the 10th tribe to pass an anti-Donlin resolution. Its council passed the measure opposing the proposed Donlin gold mine on Tuesday.

The Donlin mine will impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
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A state agency is extending the deadline for the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world. 

If completed, the proposed Donlin Gold project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.
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The Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance wants the deadline extended for commenting on the proposed reclamation plans for the Donlin Mine. Currently, the deadline is set for August 7.

The proposed mine would affect about 3,500 acres of wetlands.
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Another tribe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta does not support the proposed Donlin mine. Eek’s Tribal Council passed its anti-Donlin resolution on July 18. Four members voted in favor of the resolution and one was absent.

Courtesy of Kate McWilliams

Before it's finalized, a group of young Alaskans got to weigh in on Governor Bill Walker’s draft climate policy in Anchorage this week. And one of them, Kate McWilliams, is from Bethel. 

ONC says that Bethel residents mixed up trash with recycling and are now changing the rules.
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The Bethel ONC Tribe is changing its rules on recycling. Residents can no longer just drop off recycling at its office building. Now, they have to call ahead.

It’s expensive to remove household waste from communities in rural Alaska. One organization did just that for six villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta earlier this month, but it wouldn’t have been possible without help from Donlin Gold, the company developing one of the biggest gold mines in the world right in the heart of the Y-K Delta. 


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