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December 2016 - Consolidated SF299 ANILCA applications have been filed with federal agencies, including the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). NPS, USACE, BLM, and FHWA have accepted the application to move forward and have determined that BLM will be the lead agency for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), along with NPS taking lead on the Environmental and Economic Analysis (EEA). A Project Kickoff meeting was held in early December 2016, to discuss next steps and issuing the Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Federal Register. AIDEA and BLM are in the process of revising the scope of work for the third party contractor on the EIS.
The AMDIAP project could provide surface access to the Ambler Mining District, home to several known large prospects, including Arctic (owned by Trilogy Metals Inc.), Bornite (owned by NANA Regional Corporation, Inc.), Sun, and Smucker, and enable further exploration and development of the area's resources, providing for economic development. The project design is modeled on AIDEA's successful DeLong Mountain Transportation System (DMTS), which includes an industrial access road from the Red Dog Mine to the DMTS port. AIDEA worked with private industry to develop the DMTS industrial access road, and the costs of road construction were paid back through tolls on road use. AMDIAP, once complete, will provide access to the Ambler Mining District through Gates of the Arctic National Preserve. This access is guaranteed in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).
AIDEA is a public corporation of the State of Alaska, created in 1967 by the Alaska Legislature "in the interests of promoting the health, security, and general welfare of all the people of the state, and a public purpose, to increase job opportunities and otherwise to encourage the economic growth of the state, including the development of its natural resources, through the establishment and expansion of manufacturing, industrial, energy, export, small business, and business enterprises..."