Chuitna Coal Project

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Chuitna Lands Unsuitable for Coal Mining Petition Public Notice

Chuitna Exploration Renewal

Current Project Description

The Chuitna Coal Project is a surface coal mining and export development proposal for an ultra low sulfur, sub bituminous coal resource located in the Beluga Coal Field of South-central Alaska, approximately 45 miles west of Anchorage. The current project proposal consist of a surface coal mine and associated support facilities, mine access road, coal transport conveyor, personnel housing and air strip facility, a logistic center, and coal export terminal. The current project predicts a minimum 25 year mine life with a production rate of up to 12 million tons a year.

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PacRim Coal LLC has made significant changes to the proposed project and is currently working on updating the application. PacRim has not given a time frame for the submittal of the updated applications. At this time a complete permit application package for the Chuitna Coal Project has not been submitted to the Division and no formal review under AS 27.21 and 11 AAC 90 has been initiated. Once the entire permit application package has been submitted an evaluation of the completeness of the application and of the cumulative impacts of the project can be undertaken.

Project related documents submitted to date to the Department of Natural Resources. (PDF)

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is the lead State agency involved in permitting coal projects in Alaska. A large mine project team has been established with representatives from these agencies to coordinate state permitting activities for the Chuitna Coal Project. State agencies involved in the Chuitna Project include the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Conservation, Fish & Game, and Law.

Draft Baseline Reports



Informational Meetings

DNR has organized a series of informational meeting in Beluga and Anchorage concerning the Chuitna Coal Project. These meetings have been useful in updating the public on the status of this project and providing information on the regulatory process and different issues relating to the project.

Other State and Federal Permits

In addition to ASCMCRA permitting requirements, the Chuitna Coal Project must address the concerns of other state and federal agencies. As part of the Department of Natural Resources statutory role as lead agency in matters relating to exploration, development and management of mining activities, the DNR Office of Project Management and Permitting has developed a document describing some of the permits and approvals to help the public understand the permitting of mines in Alaska. This document and other useful information are available on the DNR Large Mine Permitting website.

Chuitna Project SEIS

As part of the federal NEPA process the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) would be prepared for the Chuitna Coal Project. Scoping for the SEIS was completed in August of 2006. Currently agencies are reviewing the available baseline date in preparation to write the Draft SEIS.   During March, EPA, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and AK Dept of Natural Resources met with the company to discuss the status and timeline for the SEIS. Included in these discussions where updates to the companies proposed action and alternatives to be considered in the SEIS.

Information concerning the SEIS process can be found at the Chuitna SEIS Project website.

For More Information Contact

Russell Kirkham
Coal Regulatory Program Manager
Division of Mining, Land & Water
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 920
Anchorage, AK 99501-3577
(907) 269-8650