American CuMo Mining Corporation wants to develop “the world’s largest open-pit accessible” molybdenum mine in the Boise River headwaters near Idaho City. This mine threatens the Boise River watershed with billions of tons of potentially toxic mine waste. ICL has continuously and successfully appealed exploration drilling over water quality concerns, but CuMo has not gone away.
In the last few years, two major fires have burned through the area, so conditions are drastically different than they were when the original environmental analysis was done. Before moving forward, the U.S. Forest Service should reevaluate the project’s impact on dust, noise and traffic; access and recreation; plants and wildlife; and water quality.
Use the form below to share your concerns with the Forest Service, the agency responsible for assessing environmental impacts of the mining proposal. The deadline for scoping comments is Monday, Jan. 8. But the Forest Service will continue accepting comments after the deadline. Feel free to adapt the prewritten message.