Tulsequah Chief Mine Permit Process Suspended For Now

Indefinite Extension of Tulsequah Barging Proposal Comment Periods due to Requests for Additional Information
December  17, 2008 at 5:00PM was the deadline under the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP) rules for submittal of agency Requests for Additional Information (RFAI’s) to the Division of Coastal and Ocean Management (DCOM).  DCOM received several information requests and is compiling those requests into a consolidated RFAI that will be submitted to the applicant, Redfern Resources Ltd (Redfern).  That consolidated RFAI will be posted to the state’s webpage for the Tulsequah project barging proposal,
when it’s complete.
The submittal of the agency information requests stopped the ACMP clock at 5:00PM on December 17, 2008.  This means the review and comment periods for both ACMP Consistency and the Land Use Permit are indefinitely extended. 

     Because the stoppage of the ACMP clock occurred on Day 13 (the RFAI Deadline) of the Consistency Review schedule,  the clock will re-start on Day 14, after receipt of responses to the RFAI questions and agency determination of their adequacy.  The close of the ACMP comment period, per ACMP regulations, will be at 5:00PM on Day 17 of the review schedule.  Because the Land Use Permit is dependent on first having an ACMP Consistency Determination, the comment period for the Land Use Permit is also indefinitely extended, pending the re-start of the ACMP clock.  Comments on the Land Use Permit will be accepted at least through ACMP Clock Day 30.
Updates about the ACMP clock stoppage and the indefinite extension will be posted to: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/largemine/tulsequah/publicnotice.htm

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