A deliberate open-pit cyanide leach gold mine in Idaho’s Salmon River Mountains would jeopardize public well being and clear water, hurt endangered species, violate Indigenous treaty rights, and completely scar 1000’s of acres of public land within the headwaters of the South Fork Salmon River, a coalition of native and nationwide conservation teams stated.

In feedback submitted Monday to the U.S. Forest Service, the teams urged the Service to reject the proposed Stibnite Gold Venture, which might resume mining actions within the Stibnite Mining District within the Payette Nationwide Forest. As a substitute, the teams stated, officers ought to speed up clean-up efforts on the web site, an eligible Superfund web site polluted from a long time of historic cyanide leach gold mining and milling.

The mining firm, Perpetua Sources, desires to double the scale of the historic mine web site to three,265 acres and excavate three open-pit mines. The proposed Yellow Pine pit would lengthen greater than 700 toes beneath the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, requiring the river to be rerouted by way of a concrete tunnel throughout mining actions till the pit is finally backfilled with mine waste.

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