Target: Brent Goodrum, Director of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources’ Mining, Land, and Water Division
Goal: Deny the proposal for a gold mine operation near residential homes and on an outdoor recreational area.
Resident health and air and water quality are in danger from a proposal to mine gold in a popular outdoor recreational area. Known as placer mining, this type of gold mining has extreme environmental impacts such as increased sediment runoff in freshwater streams and noise pollution in the residential areas nearby. The time is now to stop this mining operation before it starts. Help protect natural resources and citizen health by denying the permit for a placer gold mine.
Known as Nome Gold Alaska, this mining company hopes to mine for gold five miles outside the town of Nome, Alaska. The proposed area for the operation is near Nome’s Recreation Center and the Nome Creek valley area known as Dry Creek. Dry Creek is coveted by outdoor enthusiasts even after years of active mining in the area. This proposed mine will officially destroy the wilderness of Dry Creek as well as put residents in the area at risk from noise pollution, dust pollution, and increased traffic.
Placer mining is a common practice in Alaska; the state has the most placer gold mines in the United States. However, placer gold mining poses great risks to the environment and public health. Placer mining is the process of mining a stream bed for minerals. Minerals, especially gold, are washed down slope from freshwater streams. Once the minerals settle, mining can take place. Placer mining once started as a small operation of panning for gold, but has now become a huge industrialized dredging and sluicing operation. Placer mining can pollute surface water by discharging sediments during sluicing activities. Due to this, aquatic species suffer from lack of water, diverted streams, and increased sediment. The sediment discharged from placer mining can affect the stream several miles from the actual mining site.
We must stop this mine from destroying the integrity, natural resources, and citizen health of the town of Nome. By signing this petition, you are urging the Director of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources’ Mining, Land, and Water Division to deny Nome Gold Alaska’s permit to development a placer gold mine in Dry Creek.
Dear Director Goodrum,
Nome Gold Alaska has proposed a placer gold mining operation near the town of Nome, Alaska. The operation site is near Nome’s Recreation Center and the popular Dry Creek recreational area. As there is no guarantee that placer gold mining will not negatively affect the surrounding environment, you must deny this permit for operation. Placer gold mining is a destructive practice that will only leave Nome polluted and scarred.
Placer gold mining typically harms the environment by discharging sediment into freshwater streams. The discharge effects aquatic plants and animals, and could also disrupt the flow of the water system. Furthermore, placer mining near residential and commercial areas could put citizens at risk by noise pollution and an increase of particulates in the air. Help protect Alaska and its residents by denying this permit for a placer gold mine near Nome.
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