Story last updated at 2/15/2017 - 1:40 pm
Five Southeast Alaskan legislators have signed a letter to Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott on acid mine drainage from the Tulsequah Chief mine on the Tulsequah River, which flows into the Taku River. The letter references the Statement of Cooperation signed between British Columbia and Alaska says the Tulsequah Chief is “the first, defining test” for the statement’s worth.
“Remediation is no sure thing…. Alaska must do all we can to ensure B.C. commits to and implements immediate, meaningful steps toward mine cleanup and closure,” the letter says.
The letter is signed by Sen. Dennis Egan, Rep. Sam Kito, Rep. Dan Ortiz, Rep. Justin Parish, and Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.