EPA asks judge to toss Pebble lawsuit

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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Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:32

Alaska’s Allakaket village banishes 4 for dealing meth

FAIRBANKS — Four people have been banished from a remote Alaska tribal village for dealing methamphetamine, community leaders said Thursday. Read more

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:39

Anchorage-area high school bans Confederate flag

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage-area school has banned the display of the Confederate flag after some students posed with a version of the flag for photos inside the school. Read more

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:49

Fishermen at odds over impact of Trump executive order

PORTLAND, Maine — An executive order by President Donald Trump designed to radically cut back on federal regulations has spurred disagreement among fishermen about how it will affect them — and lawmakers and regulators aren’t sure what the answer is.

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