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SELC comments to USACE against Twin Pines titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp 2019-09-12 [Up]

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I. Summary of Twin Pine's Mining Proposal

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[Figure 1: Proposed Twin Pines Mine]
Figure 1: Proposed Twin Pines Mine
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II. The lack of information in the application prevents meaningful comment by the public

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III. To comply with NEPA, the Corps must prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the environmental impacts of the proposed mine.

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IV. The proposed project violates Clean Water Act 404(b)(1) Guidelines.

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[Figure 2: Selected Major Land Owners on Trail Ridge]
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[Figure 3: South Georgia/North Florida Heavy Mineral Sands Mining]
Figure 3: South Georgia/North Florida Heavy Mineral Sands Mining
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V. The proposed project violates Clean Water Act Public Interest Guidelines.

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[Figure 4: Federal and State Protected Species on Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge]
Figure 4: Federal and State Protected Species on Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
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[Figure 5: 2016 Recreation Visits to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge]
Figure 5: 2016 Recreation Visits to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
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[Figure 6: Visitor Recreation Expenditures; Figure 7: Local Economic Contributions]
Figure 6: Visitor Recreation Expenditures; Figure 7: Local Economic Contributions
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[Figure 8: Gross Economic Values from Okefenokee Refuge Wetlands per Year]
Figure 8: Gross Economic Values from Okefenokee Refuge Wetlands per Year
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VI. The proposed project violates the Endangered Species Act.

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VII. Before granting a Section 404 permit, the Corps should ensure that the proposed mine would not adversely impact Okefenokee Wilderness.

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VIII. Before granting a Section 404 permit, the Corps should ensure that the proposed mine would not adversely impact the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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X. Twin Pines' cultural resource surveys are inadequate under the National Historic Preservation Act.

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XI. Request for Public Hearing; XII. Conclusion

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