BLM approves mining exploration north of Mt St. Helens

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says that a proposed exploratory mining northeast of Mount St. Helens would present no significant environmental impact, but Ascot USA has a long road ahead if it ever tries to develop an actual mine.

The BLM’s decision would award Ascot two hard rock prospecting permits within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near the headwaters of the Green River, a branch of the Cowlitz and Toutle rivers. The area is about 12 miles northeast of the volcano and adjacent to the northern boundary of the 110,000 Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
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