Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploration drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine a Canadian company is considering in the Boise National Forest in central Idaho.

The agency on Friday released an updated environmental assessment involving drilling planned by a subsidiary of Vancouver, British Columbia-based American CuMo Mining Corporation.

The proposed plan would allow about 13 miles (21-kilometers) of new roads and the use of about 5 miles (8 kilometers) of existing unauthorized roads to reach up to 122 drill pads in the 2,885-acre (1,200-hectare) site.

A federal judge in 2016 rejected a previous plan as lacking information about a plant called Sacajawea's bitterroot. The Forest Service says the most recent plan fixes that problem.

A public meeting is set for Jan. 9 in Boise.

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