According to the Alaska DHSS Public Notice:
“Comments may be submitted in any format, but the HIA Program will only consider appropriately referenced comments using the spreadsheet provided.” ACAT will compile comments sent through our form below into the proper format. Deadline was: June 14, 2012
We strongly recommend that you send in comments using this spreadsheet from your own email, but if you do not have access to MS Excel, are using a Mac, or are concerned about formatting, please fill out the form below. Your comments will go directly to the DHSS from your email, and ACAT will send a copy of your comments in an Excel spreadsheet to DHSS.
For more information, contact Heidi at akaction dot org, or (907) 222-7714.
|Draft Wishbone Hill HIA
|220.127.116.11 Comprehensive HIA
|“The hallmark of a comprehensive HIA is collection of new data, to address critical data gaps identified during the scoping process…A comprehensive HIA may be appropriate for projects that involve: … Major disruption of subsistence practices; Major impacts to key social determinants of health; and information gaps related to a well-known aspect of a project.(WBH HIA pg 3)” Based on these criteria, a comprehensive HIA should be done for the Wishbone Hill coal mine before any mining activity is permitted. Critical data gaps for this mine include: inadequate baseline water quality, inadequate groundwater and aquifer mapping, unknown risk of surface and groundwater contamination, lack of noise studies, lack of light /visual effects studies, lack of information on physical effects of blasting, unknown risk of air pollution by both diesel exhaust and particulate matter (PM2.5), and inadequate data on the risk of accidents from coal transportation. Numerous people in Chickaloon Village have described the subsistence and other traditional practices that would be disrupted by this mine. Key social determinants of health, such as psychological distress and community conflict are already well-known problems related to the proposed mine, and these will worsen significantly if the mine is developed.