EPA Says Pebble Suit is Premature

The Pebble Ltd Partnership is suing the Environmental Protection Agency for “preemptively” trying to veto the proposed mine, but the EPA says the suit is premature.

 

EPA lawyers are asking a federal judge to dismiss the legal action, since the agency has not made a final determination yet on potential restrictions on development at the Pebble deposit.

 

The Partnership alleged the agency has exceeded its authority by invoking a process through which it could restrict or prohibit development of the Pebble deposit before the project has gone through permitting.

 

Public comment is currently being taken on restrictions proposed by EPA that would not ban mining of the deposit but would essentially block the type of project the mine’s owners have publicly discussed.

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