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February 17, 2021

$70M agreement for initial work on 200-mile mine road

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The board of the state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and a mining company agreed to split $70 million in preconstruction costs for a 200-mile mining road despite opposition from environmental groups and local residents.

The opposition groups argue that the road would negatively affect wildlife in the region, which includes the Gates of the Arctic National Park. Metal mining is the leading source of toxic releases in the state, according to a 2018 analysis conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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