Young Seeks Roads for Mine Access in Southeast

U.S. Rep. Don Young has taken exception to the suggestion that workers at a proposed mine in southeast Alaska take a boat to the job site.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- U.S. Rep. Don Young has taken exception to the suggestion that workers at a proposed mine in southeast Alaska take a boat to the job site.
He was responding to written testimony from Leslie Weldon, deputy chief of the national forest system. Weldon also had told a House subcommittee in Washington that there were more "economically efficient ways" to bring workers to the proposed Niblack and Bokan Mountain mine sites.
Young said Weldon didn't have to "paddle across the Potomac in a canoe" to get to the hearing. He said workers should be able to travel to the mining area by road.
Young has proposed legislation that would allow for roads to be built in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest for easier access to the proposed mines.