EPA now expects mine report in 2014

Dec 13, 2013 -- 11:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn't expect to release a final report on the impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region until early next year. The agency planned to release the final watershed assessment by the end of 2013. But spokeswoman Hanady (huh-NAHD'-ee) Kader says the timeline got pushed back by the more than two-week long government shutdown in October. EPA initiated the review process in 2011 in response to concerns about the impact of the proposed Pebble Mine on Bristol Bay fisheries. A revised watershed assessment released earlier this year found construction of a large-scale mine in the region could have major impacts even without a mishap. Critics of the EPA review process fear it could lead to a pre-emptive veto of mining activity in the region.

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