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Correction: Chuitna Coal-Water Rights story


HOMER, Alaska — In a story June 22 about a water rights debate over a proposed coal mine, The Associated Press reported erroneously the radio station providing the information and the dateline for the story. The station is KBBI and the dateline is Homer, Alaska, not KTOO in Juneau, Alaska.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Proposed coal mine development draws water rights debate

Public hearing set for mine developer's plan to empty Chuitna River tributary salmon habitat

HOMER, Alaska — Water rights advocates will be able to provide input in August on a proposal by Delaware-based PacRim Coal to empty a Chuitna River tributary that provides a habitat for salmon.

KBBI reports ( PacRim Coal has applied for traditional, perpetual water rights over Middle Creek near its proposed strip-mining operation.

The Chuitna Citizens' Coalition in 2009 filed a Reservation of water rights to keep the water in Middle Creek. The group's applications stalled at the Department of Natural Resources until a Superior Court decision in 2013 compelled the agency to move them forward.

Department of Natural Resources Chief of Water Resources David Schade is considering the applications.

Supporters and opponents can provide input at the Aug. 21 meeting in Anchorage.

Schade's decision is expected by Oct. 6.

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