Review Panel Selected for EPA Mine Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a 12-member peer review panel that will evaluate an agency draft study of the impacts of mining on the Bristol Bay region.

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by Associated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a 12-member peer review panel that will evaluate an agency draft study of the impacts of mining on the Bristol Bay region.

EPA also says it will take comments until June 26 on the questions it proposes to guide the panel's work.

The agency's draft watershed assessment found that even without mine-related failures, there would be effects on fish due to eliminated or blocked streams, removal of wetlands and a loss of fish habitat as water is used for mine operations.

Public comment is being taken on the study through July 23.

EPA says a contractor assembled the peer review panel from a list of 68 candidates nominated during a prior comment period. The panel is to meet in August in Anchorage.

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