Juneau's Mining Ordinance emerges stronger than ever!

Yesterday, after more than a year of debate, the CBJ Assembly voted in favor of our Mining Ordinance with the only change being one recommended by SEACC that strengthens, not diminishes our local power. 

The Mining Ordinance gives us, the people of Juneau, the ability to protect our home from the potential harm of mining in our community. It provides us with a voice to speak up and safeguard our home, clean water, and quality of life, taking into account our needs along with the short-term profits of mines. The proposal brought to the CBJ Committee of the Whole in May 2017 to strip away 19 of 23 pages of the ordinance would have jeopardized our voice and put the interests of mining companies before the health and wellbeing of the community.

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Update: Juneau Mining Ordinance Moves to the Planning Commission

On Monday, April 16th the Mining Ordinance returned to the CBJ Committee of the Whole (COW) where recommendations from the Mining Subcommittee were discussed. The subcommittee, which last met March 12, 2018, had made its final recommendation to approve City Attorney Amy Mead’s revised draft that provides clarifications in language, but keeps the ordinance intact.

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Committee of the Whole Meeting

The debate over the CBJ Mining Ordinance is moving back to the Committee of the Whole which will be discussing the recommendations of the Mining Subcommittee. These recommendations, that the ordinance be left mostly intact, are well reasoned and protect our city, but they are only recommendations. We need to remind the Committee of the Whole that we, the people of Juneau, support the ordinance.

When: April 16th 6:00 pm

Where: Juneau City Hall - 155 S Seward St

Your voice is powerful and this is a critical moment. The Committee of the Whole can still choose to ignore the subcommittee's recommendations and we must make sure that this does not happen!

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3.19.18 UPDATE

On Monday, March 12th, the CBJ Mining Ordinance Subcommittee unanimously approved the mining ordinance without any significant changes for recommendation to the Committee of the Whole. The approved draft had been revised by city attorney Amy Mead, for clarity.  We are relieved by the subcommittee's decision to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the people of Juneau by keeping the socio-economic impact study in the ordinance and wish to thank the hard work and diligence of all subcommittee members.  
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UPDATE February 28



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A Social-Economic Study is Critical for Protecting Juneau

A social-economic study is critical for understanding and preparing for the impacts that a project would have on the local community (Juneau). This type of study is not included in the state or federal permitting processes and would be absent without the current ordinance.

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Feasibility Studies

The claim is that the mining company cannot calculate costs prior to knowing what conditions CBJ may place on the project. Balderdash!

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A lease Agreement Alone with not suffice

Proponents claim that changing from a conditional use permit like the ordinance to a negotiated lease agreement would address all necessary conditions. A lease negotiation, however, lacks involved public participation. Furthermore, any lease agreement becomes a static document and freezes CBJ’s ability to exercise local control over its lands in the face of changing circumstances or failed mitigation plans.

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The Wrong Question

The subcommittee commissioned a report by Jade North Report commissioned to determine to what extent the CBJ Ordinance overlaps or is duplicative to state and federal processes (one of the main claims for the need of the proposed changes). The full report has never been discussed and only cherry picked to push for changes.  SEACC also commissioned and submitted a report by the Center for Science and Public Participation. This report has never been discussed. The committee should stop focusing on understanding the changes and focus on the real question “should this ordinance be revised”.

A Flawed Process

The Ordnance Review Subcommittee has failed to adopt and follow any coherent process. Each meeting has outlined next steps but the subcommittee has continuously changed them at the next meeting. There seems to be no long-range process or logical procedure. The City Manager recommended a deliberative process built on public participation and widespread education on the topic.

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