Public’s help sought by PWSEDD in mine restoration project

Prince William Sound Economic Development District (PWSEDD) is seeking public participation in developing a contaminated remediation plan for the Beatson mine site, one of three former underground copper mining sites operated by Kennecott Copper Corp. from 1904 to 1930.

The PWSEDD said in an announcement on June 9 that for the past seven years the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, technical consultants, regional stakeholders, and the Rio Tinto mining company have been working to assess the current environmental impact of the mine site. The organizations have had a goal of development of that contamination remediation plan.

Rio Tinto, a global mining firm, purchased Kennecott in 1989.

A comprehensive social impact and benefits assessment is already underway.

The PWSEDD said this assessment is critical for the project’s research and remediation team to understand the different recreational uses of the area.

Those interested in participating are asked to first visit and take the survey to determine use patterns in Southwest Prince William sound and Latouche Island, where the Beatson mine site is located.