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Treadwell certifies Bristol Bay initiative

By Associated Press 9:53 AM December 24, 2013

The proposal would require legislative approval for a "large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation."

ANCHORAGE – Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Monday certified a proposal to require legislative approval of large-scale mining activity in the Bristol Bay region.

A release from Treadwell’s office says there were a sufficient number of signatures to certify the petition, and the question will appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot unless the state Legislature passes a “substantially similar” bill in the coming session. The lieutenant governor oversees elections in Alaska.

The proposal would require legislative approval for a “large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation.” That’s defined as a mining proposal to extract metals including gold and copper from sulfide-bearing rock and directly disturb at least 640 acres of land.

It would almost certainly have bearing on the proposed Pebble Mine project.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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