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Court: DNR Withheld Action on Water Applications

Published On: Oct 17 2013 01:52:00 PM AKDT
Court: DNR Withheld Action on Water Applications
JUNEAU, Alaska -

A state agency has been ordered to begin processing water reservation applications from a group seeking to protect fish from development of a coal mine in south-central Alaska.

Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner found the Department of Natural Resources "unreasonably withheld" agency action on applications filed by the Chuitna Citizens Coalition in 2009.

Rindner ordered the department to begin adjudicating the applications within 30 days of his order, which was dated Oct. 14. Rindner said he was taking no position on what the outcome of the adjudications should be. He also sided with the agency on several points.

The Department of Law is considering an appeal.

The coalition bills itself as a group of landowners, fishermen and conservationists working to protect the Chuitna River from "destruction" by mine developers.