Chuitna mine not in Alaskans’ best interests

The Chuitna mine is clearly not in the best interest of Alaskans. This river system is too important to trash for the temporary benefit of a coal company.

PacRim wants to completely remove a salmon stream to mine coal for shipment overseas. If the proposed coal strip mine moves forward, Alaska will lose a thriving salmon stream that serves as a source of jobs, food and tourism.

PacRim is making empty promises to restore the dozen miles of salmon spawning streams when the coal is gone. Once a stream and wetlands have been mined through down to the bedrock, they cannot be restored for productive salmon spawning.

Please join me in asking EPA Region 10 Administrator, Dennis McLerran, to veto any coal-mining permits that would remove salmon streams: