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Suction Dredging Permit Application Within the Nome Mining District, Norton Sound

Posted on August 4, 2016

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received a Multi-Agency Application for Permits to Mine in Alaska- APMA application for Suction Dredging in the Nome Mining District near the town of Nome. The mining related activity is located within Township 11 S, Range 33 W, Kateel River Meridian. The USGS 1:250,000 Quadrangle is Nome. DNR authorizations include Water Use Authorizations, Miscellaneous Land Use Permits (MLUPs), Approved Plan of Operations, and Reclamation Plan Approval for a mining operation.

The Mining Section of the Division of Mining, Land and Water proposes to issue a Plan of Operations Approval (11 AAC 86.800) for mining and/or exploration activity on state mining claims (or leases) as well as reclamation approval on state or private lands. Winter cross country travel on state lands not within state mining claims may also be authorized.

A Water Right or a Temporary Water Use Authorization may be issued and state land use beyond the mining claims will be adjudicated by DNR.

A copy of the application may be obtained from DNR. For applications within the Northern Region contact Jack Kerin by phone at (907) 451-2736, by fax at 451-2703, by email at, or by mail to 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709. For applications within the Southcentral or Southeast Regions contact Hollie Chalup by phone (907) 269-8647, by fax at 269-8949, by email at, or by mail to 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 900B, Anchorage, AK 99501.

This is a courtesy notice provided to the public. Notification of an APMA application or a proposed decision to issue a Plan of Operations Approval is not required by AS 38.05.945 since the proposed activity does not include the disposal of a state interest and the authorization is revocable at will by the department. Your comments about this activity will receive consideration even though this is a courtesy notice provided they are received within 14 days from the posting date of this notice. Your comments on the Plan of Operations should be submitted to the same contacts listed in the preceding paragraph.

Other State Agencies which use this application include the Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Revenue (DOR). Federal Agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), and U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) also reviews this application. These agencies adjudicate this application for the permits they require for mining related activities. Their adjudication may include additional separate notice and there is the opportunity to comment on the same activity to each of the agencies. Mining Fact Sheets about the Agencies which receive the application can be found at and A more detailed discussion of the agencies that use this application is given in the application itself

DNR reserves the right to waive technical defects in this publication

Source: State of Alaska

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