On Tuesday’s Talk of Alaska, he called the EPA’s final determination a political decision.
“Many of those who began this battle are no longer with us,” said Alannah Hurley, executive director of United Tribes of Bristol Bay. She called the EPA’s decision historic.
Pebble Mine would be one of the largest copper and gold mines in the world — but it might never break ground. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue its final decision on the mine very soon.
The agency’s assistant administrator for water has 60 days to decide whether to impose the veto, make would effectively kill the mine.
Casey Sixkiller, the Region 10 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, has sent a recommendation to EPA headquarters to protect the area by vetoing the proposed mine.
The new investor signed an agreement for even greater potential investment over a two-year period — up to $60 million in total.
No one was at the site when the fire burned through the area.
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The EPA said mining the Pebble deposit would result in unacceptable loss of salmon habitat, both at the site and further downstream.
The EPA announced the proposed ban Wednesday morning, using its authority under a section of the Clean Water Act.