As mentioned previously, in recent months, the EPA has been putting an analysis of potential mining near Illiamna by the Pebble Partnership. The study that was put together questions the ability to mine in that area without harming the environment. However, not everyone agrees with the report. That includes the Pebble Partnership. We spoke to Mike Heatwole with Pebble. He said the EPA has left important players out of it.
He says not sitting down with the state to learn more about the actual permitting process