Opinion: Decision means Juneau’s long history of mining continues

Together we can work to build a better future for Alaska.

We are pleased to announce that on Feb. 24, 2022, the United States Forest Service issued its final Record of Decision to amend Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine’s Plan of Operations (POA 1) to extend mining operations for the foreseeable future. We believe the decision is a huge milestone for Southeast Alaska and will allow Coeur Alaska to continue to be a major employer and to provide high-paying jobs and economic diversity in our region.

We are grateful for the community support we received through public comment letters and engagement that documented the importance of the Kensington Mine and encouraged the use of science-based decision making. Your voice was crucial in helping craft this decision. Thank you to our neighbors, community leaders, industry partners, and local businesses who contributed to POA 1 and helped us to reach this important milestone.

Juneau has a long history of mining, and we are proud to be able to continue the legacy while focusing on innovation, responsible resource development, and environmental stewardship. The minerals mined in Alaska, including gold, are essential to the advancement of modern technology, health care, and clean renewable energy. Through modern and responsible resource development, together we can work to build a better future for Alaska.

On behalf of all of us at the Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine – thank you for your support. We are looking forward to working with our neighbors in Southeast Alaska for many years to come!

Mark Kiessling,

General Manager for Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine

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