US House Subcommittee Talks Pebble

The first congressional hearing on the proposed Pebble mine focused on the possibility that the Environmental Protection Agency could block the project.

The EPA is finalizing a watershed assessment on the impact of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region. The study could affect permits for the proposed gold and copper mine.

Republican House members during yesterday’s subcommittee meeting accused the EPA of studying a hypothetical mine that could never exist.

Representative Paul Broun of Georgia warned that mining projects nationwide could be affected if the EPA used its authority under the Clean Water Act to deny permits.

Still, Broun said he has “serious questions about how a large mine can co-exist with the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.


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