EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.

EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran says mining would cause "irreversible damage" to salmon fisheries in Bristol Bay.

The announcement Friday marked the latest step in a rarely invoked process used to protect water resources.

The EPA is currently being sued by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.

Pebble Partnership CEO Tom Collier said while his group needs to analyze EPA's proposal, it is outraged that the agency took the step.