EPA Mining Information presentations now online

EPA has posted the presentations from its Mining Information sessions held in Newhalen and Dillingham June 2-3, 2011 on the Bristol Bay Mining Information Sessions page of its website. The materials are posted in four parts, in PDF format. They may be downloaded from the EPA site, or via the links below:

Part 1, Mining Fundamentals, provides an overview of minerals exploration, the types of mining and types of mineral processing.

Part 2, Environmental Concerns and Issues, describes mining waste products, discusses potential environmental impacts, and discusses ways of preventing, controlling and remediating those impacts.

Part 3, Agencies & Regulatory Process, provides an overview of some of the many state and Federal authorizations and permits involved in mining, the Acts that govern them, and the Federal agencies involved.

Part 4, How Tribes Can Be Involved, includes resources on EPA’s consultation procedures, the process for government-to-government consultation, and the criteria and process for becoming a NEPA Cooperating Agency. It also provides contact information for requesting training and educational opportunities, and guidelines on how EPA may use traditional knowledge. There is also a link to information on EPA”s Environmental Justice plan, “Plan EJ 2014,” for which EPA is currently accepting comments.