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Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown

Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown



Rose Barr of NANA's presentation at Anchorage Chamber's "Make it Monday" forum 7/21/08

Rose Barr of NANA's presentation at Anchorage Chamber's "Make it Monday" forum 7/21/08



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  • 06/04/09

Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown Presentation Transcript

  • Vote NO on 4. It’s Defective and Deceptive.
  • Organizations Against Ballot Measure 4
    • Alaska Association of Realtors
    • Alaska Auto Dealers Association
    • Alaska Federation of Natives
    • Alaska Forest Association
    • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act CEO’s
    • Alaska Process Industries Career Consortium
    • Alaska Republican Party
    • Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
    • Alaska State Home Building Association
    • Alaska Support Industry Alliance
    • Alaska Trucking Association, Inc.
    • Anchorage Economic Development Council
    • Anchorage Home Builders Association, Inc.
    • Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
    • City and Borough of Juneau
    • Export Council of Alaska
    • Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce
    • Fairbanks Economic Development
    • Corporation
    • Haines Chamber of Commerce
    • Juneau Chamber of Commerce
    • Kenai Chamber of Commerce
    • Mat-Su Homebuilders Association
    • Native Village of Crooked Creek
    • ProsperityAlaska.org
    • Resource Development Council
    • for Alaska, Inc.
    • Seldovia Chamber of Commerce
    • Southeast Conference
    • Willow Chamber of Commerce
  • Ballot Measure 4 Background
    • Started as five ballot initiatives
    • All too-broad, deceptive, ill-advised
    • Four of the five were thrown out
    • 07WATR(III) became Ballot Measure 4
  • Ballot Measure 4 Defective and Deceptive
    • Arbitrarily overrides Alaska’s proven, stringent environmental regulatory process
    • Threatens our entire resource based economy, thousands of jobs, and communities
    • Concerns about Pebble shouldn’t be addressed with an initiative that adversely impacts an entire industry
    • Poorly written – can’t be sure what we’re voting on
  • Defective - Overrides Alaska’s Proven, Stringent Environmental Regulation Process
  • No Single Permit to Mine: There Are Many Permits & Authorizations
    • STATE
    • Plan of Operations (DNR)
    • Reclamation and Bonding (DNR)
    • Waste Management Permits and Bonding (ADEC)
    • Certification of NPDES and ACOE Permits (ADEC)
    • Sewage Treatment System Approval (ADEC)
    • Air Quality Permits (ADEC)
    • Fish Habitat and Fishway Permits (DNR)
    • Water Rights (DNR)
    • Right of Way/Access (DNR/DOT)
    • Tidelands Leases (DNR)
    • Dam Safety Certification (DNR)
    • Cultural Resource Protection (DNR)
    • Monitoring Plan (Surface/Groundwater/Wildlife) (DNR/DEC)
    • Coastal Zone Consistency Determination (DNR)
    • US EPA Section 402 NPDES Water Discharge Permit
    • US EPA Air Quality Permit review
    • US EPA Safe Drinking Water Act (UIC Permit)
    • US ACOE Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permit
    • US ACOE Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act
    • US ACOE Section 106 Historical and Cultural Resources Protection
    • NMFS Threatened and Endangered Species Act Consultation
    • NMFS Marine Mammal Protection Act
    • NMFS Essential Fish Habitat
    • NMFS Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
    • USFWS Threatened and Endangered Species Act Consultation
    • USFWS Bald Eagle Protection Act Clearance
    • USFWS Migratory Bird Protection
    • USFWS Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
    (These are only some of the authorizations required)
  • Deceptive – Threatens our entire resource-based economy
    • Clean Water I was a clear shutdown – and they’re promising more proposals
    • How far will they go?
    • Threatens thousands of jobs, communities and Alaska’s business climate
    • Furthers the agenda of groups stopping responsible resource development in Alaska
  • Red Dog Supports the Northwest Arctic Borough
    • 1990 - 2007
    • $74.8 million to borough
    • 60 % of borough revenue
    • $275 million on exploration in 2007 -- up 54% from 2006
    • 29 ongoing exploration projects spending over $1 million each
    • $27 million spent on mine construction at 9 developing/ existing sites
    • $3.4 Billion in gross mineral production
    Mining Industry is Investing in Alaska
  • Mining Revenue Benefits All Alaskans
    • $10 million in NW Arctic Borough
    • $3 million in Fairbanks NS Borough
    • $1 million in Juneau
    • $189 million in state and municipal revenues in 2007
    • $58 million from Red Dog distributed among Alaska Native Corporations
    Kiana School in the NANA region
  • Thousands of Jobs for Alaskans
    • $80,000 annual average wage
    • $346 million in annual wages
    • 3,500 direct mining jobs
    • Thousands of indirect, support jobs
  • Measure 4 has impacts across Alaska
  • Red Dog - Great Jobs for Alaskans
    • Threatens other mining projects and future mining investment
    • This initiative does not guarantee any improvement in water quality.
    • It DOES guarantee more regulation – but what regulation?
    • Mining and fishing CAN coexist
    Deceptive - Pebble concerns shouldn’t threaten entire industry
    • Uncertainty in court language
    • Unknown future regulations
    • Unspecified scope regarding “grandfather” clause
    • Only on the ballot by default – we deserve better
    Defective - Poorly written, can’t be sure what we’re voting on
  • Ballot Measure 4 Establishes Standards No One Can Meet
    • “ … activity that directly or indirectly releases or discharges a toxic pollutant or pollutants, in a measurable amount that will effect human health or welfare or any stage of the life cycle of salmon, into any surface or subsurface water, or tributary thereto.”
  • Ballot Measure 4 Does Not Allow Mines To Responsibly Store Rock
    • “… activity that directly or indirectly stores or disposes of metallic mining wastes…in a way that could result in the release or discharge of sulfuric acid, other acids, dissolved metals, toxic pollutants or other compounds thereof that will effect, directly or indirectly , surface or subsurface water or tributaries thereto used for human consumption or salmon spawning…”
  • Ballot Measure 4 Does Not “Grandfather” Existing Mines
    • “ existing large scale metallic mining operations that have received all required federal, state and local permits, authorizations, licenses and approvals on or before the effective date of this Act or to future operations of existing facilities at those sites.”
  • Why Vote No on 4?
    • No public input, no hearings
    • Standards would be set by political campaign of sound bites and scare tactics
    • Locks away Alaska’s great mineral resource potential that benefits all Alaskans
    • Sacrifices new investment, opportunity, growth
    • A real threat; it could shut down existing mines and limit future mines
  • Red Dog – One of Alaska’s Great Mining Success Stories
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  • Stop the Anti-Mining Initiatives Today and in the future • Get the facts: visit www.voicesofreason.net and www.againsttheshutdown.com • Talk with your friends, family and co-workers • Pass a resolution against Ballot Measure 4 • Register to vote – registration deadline is July 27 visit http://ltgov.state.ak.us/elections/voting.php Vote NO on 4 on August 26 th