MINING NEWS: Confused about clean water? Tell it to the judge
The author, J.P. Tangen has been practicing mining law in Alaska since 1975. He can be reached at [email protected] or visit his Web site at www.jptangen.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the publishers of Mining News and Petroleum News.
Alaska’s placer mining industry has been almost wiped out by the Clean Water Act. In addition, every surface and subsurface lode mining operation has been forced to go through the dreaded process of getting a “404” dredge and fill permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. From Kensington to Pogo, acc....
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