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EPA asks judge to toss Pebble lawsuit

Posted: August 6, 2014 - 7:09am

JUNEAU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking a federal judge to dismiss as premature a lawsuit by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine.

In a court filing, attorneys for the EPA say the agency has not made a final determination yet on potential restrictions on development on the Pebble deposit.

The Pebble Limited Partnership sued EPA earlier this year, alleging the agency had 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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Haily George
Haily George 08/06/14 - 09:04 am
Tailings Dam Failure in BC!

"On Monday there was a huge tailings dam failure at a British Columbia copper and gold mine that could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries. I don't see where the empire covered it. Monday morning’s dam break took place at the Mount Polley Mine, about 400 miles southeast of Ketchikan."

"Observers estimate enough water, mud and rock to fill 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools escaped. Emergency officials warned downstream residents against drinking from affected waterways.That includes salmon-rich tributaries of the Fraser River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver, B.C."
“This was not only obviously a tailings dam failure but it appears to be a regulatory oversight failure as well"

Ktoo.org is covering it

Karl Ashenbrenner
Karl Ashenbrenner 08/06/14 - 09:15 am
Wouldn't want

to cover anything that would tick off the Pro Pebble folks.

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