State denies appeal to expansion of True North mine

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents living near the True North gold mine, north of Fairbanks, have lost another round in their effort to fight the expansion of the mine.

State Natural Resources Commissioner Pat Pourchot has denied an appeal of the mine's expansion. The appeal was filed by neighbors of the mine and two watchdog groups.

Residents of the area, 30 miles north of Fairbanks, have complained about lights, noise and dust from the mine, which operates 24 hours a day.

In June, the state approved a doubling of the mine's operations.

Pourchot says the mine's economic benefit to the Interior and the state far outweighed any lost business to neighboring tourism businesses.

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