Proposed changes to the CBJ mining code could allow the AJ Mine to be built without adequate public participation. The CBJ Committee of the Whole is meeting tonight to discuss this issue. Please write to the CBJ Assembly, or come to the public meeting tonight, at Juneau’s City Hall.
Points to emphasize in your comments:
- The Assembly intended the existing ordinance to foster a safe, healthy, and environmentally sound mining industry while protecting the health and safety of the public and limiting the social and environmental impacts of the mine. The proposed changes would fly in the face of this original ordinance.
- The AJ mine is on private land, meaning that it will not receive a National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) review unless they plan to dump dredged or fill material into any "waters of the United States." State review is limited to wastewater discharge or solid waste permits. The rest of the mine plan would not be subject to state or federal review.
- In 2011 an Advisory Committee was formed by the Assembly to consider “under what circumstances, if any, should the CBJ pursue the development of the AJ Mine.” A key recommendation from the committee was for a comprehensive and thorough public process. The proposed amendment threatens the achievement of this objective.
- We, the citizens of Juneau have the right to speak up and defend our health and the well-being of our community. It is the responsibility of the CBJ to protect its citizens, not to focus on making money through mining for gold at their expense.
The meeting tonight will be at 6 pm at City Hall, 155 S Seward St, Juneau. Public comments will not be taken at the meeting but you can show your concern by being there.