Permitting the Buckhorn Mine

Timeline


2002

May

Kinross purchases Echo Bay including the Republic mill, tailings and mines

July

Newmont Mining reclaims BMG exploration damage

August

Crown submits plans for an underground mine with mill and tailings in Beaver Canyon

2004

February

Kinross announces intent to purchase Crown – Beaver Canyon mill & tailings changed to expanding Republic tailings dump

December

BLM issues mineral patent to Crown, privatizing Buckhorn Mountain

2005

November

Ecology published draft Supplemental EIS

December

EPA and Washington Fish & Wildlife find DSEIS lacking

2006

September

Ecology publishes final SEIS and issues Construction General Permit which allows construction of the mine

October

Colville Tribal Council reconfirms its vehement opposition to mine

2007

January

USDA Forest Service approves road access on Marias Creek

May

OHA appeals road access in Federal Court

August

Ecology approves tailings expansion – OHA appeals

September

Ecology issues NPDES Waste Discharge permit – OHA appeals

September

Federal Judge denies OHA’s motion for preliminary injunction

October

Ecology issues Water Quality Certification and water rights OHA appeals

November

Ecology issues final permits; water rights

December

OHA appeals, hearing process begins trial set for May 12, 2008

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