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Ferry County Court Upholds Buckhorn Gold Mine Discharge Permit: Buckhorn Mine must leave the water as clean as it was prior to mining

On February 22, 2017, Ferry County Superior Court Judge Pat Monasmith denied Crown Resources/Kinross’ appeal of the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) July 30, 2015 decision, upholding the NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit issued by Washington State Department of Ecology. This ruling affirms that the water surrounding the Buckhorn Mine must be left as clean as it was before the mine was developed. The Buckhorn Mine continues to discharge pollutants into the environment in violation of their waste discharge permit...

February 23, 2017

Beaver Dam Analogue at Triple Creek
Collaborative Team Works to Restore Wetland
On the western toe of Buckhorn Mountain, in a place called Triple Creek, a rich wetland once thrived. A productive great blue heron rookery overlooked large beaver ponds teeming with trout. Myers Creek spilled over its banks, keeping the soils wet so that animals from all levels of life could flourish – from dragonflies to frogs to birds of prey. In the late 1990’s, an unusually heavy rain-on-snow event changed everything...

October 3, 2016 

  Ecology Takes Action to Stem Buckhorn Mine Water Pollution
Due to the extensive violations of the Buckhorn gold mine’s Clean Water Act permit, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued an Administrative Order (AO) to Kinross Gold Corporation/Crown Resources Corporation (Crown/Kinross) on July 19, 2016. The AO requires an action plan to capture and treat contaminants emanating from the Buckhorn Mine.

July 22, 2016

Beaver Dam Analogue
 
OHA Solicits Bids for Instream Restoration Construction Services at Triple Creek 
The Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) seeks bids from qualified contractors to provide construction services for the Triple Creek Water Quality Restoration Project. This project is located near Chesaw, WA. Bids must be submitted in the manner specified by the bid documents...


May 19, 2016
  Kinross Connection to Colorado Mine Disaster

Colorado is home to tens of thousands of abandoned mines. On August 5, 2015, people across the continent watched in disbelief as one of those mines, the Gold King, released over 3 million gallons of a mustard-colored concoction of heavy metals into the Animas River. 

September 16, 2015
Construction fill at the Buckhorn Mine

Review Board Affirms Buckhorn Gold Mine Discharge Permit 
Water surrounding the Buckhorn Mine must be left as clean as it was prior to mining 

On July 30, 2015, the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) denied Crown Resources/Kinross’ appeal of the NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit, thereby affirming that the water surrounding the Buckhorn Mine must be left as clean as it was before the mine was developed. The Buckhorn Mine continues to discharge pollutants into the environment in violation of their waste discharge permit...

July 31, 2015
Triple Creek Vegetation Management
 
OHA Solicits Bids for Vegetation Management Services at Triple Creek
The Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) seeks bids from qualified contractors to provide vegetation management services for the Triple Creek Water Quality Restoration Project.  This project is located near Chesaw, WA.  Bids must be submitted in the manner specified by the bid documents...

[Bid now closed]

July 3, 2015 

Water Rights Expansion Request Kinross New Exploration Proposal Included in Water Right Change Application 
On May 28, 2014, instead of announcing the new exploration proposal, Kinross included it in a water right change application in a public notice. Very few people are likely to look up the legal coordinates provided in the public notice, nor recognize a new exploration project under the guise of a water rights request...

May 29, 2014