Company unveils new plan for Alaska mine; critics unmoved

AP News
Posted: Oct 06, 2017 3:02 PM

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The company pursuing a copper and gold mine in southwest Alaska has unveiled plans for what it says will be a smaller, safer project, with plans to move into permitting later this year.

The Pebble Limited Partnership is attempting to reintroduce a project that for years has been the subject of fierce debate because of its location and potential effects on a major salmon fishery in Alaska's Bristol Bay region.

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions on development. Pebble sued, and the restrictions were never finalized.

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As part of a settlement, the EPA under President Donald Trump pledged to initiate a process for withdrawing the proposed restrictions.

Critics of Pebble worry the project being pitched might only be a starting point.