Alaska voters approved a ballot measure aimed at adding a hurdle to the potential development of a major copper and gold mine.
The measure requires the state’s legislature to approve any proposed mining project in the Bristol Bay watershed.
It targets the Pebble Mine, a planned copper and gold mine that would be the largest of its kind in the world.
Environmentalists, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some Alaska native tribes want to stop the mine due to its potential impact on wildlife in Bristol Bay and the watershed, including a massive salmon population.
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