The Pebble Limited Partnership’s counterattack against the Environmental Protection Agency moved to the U.S. Capitol this week, where congressional Republicans targeted what they called the agency’s “predetermined” and “preemptive” effort to halt the controversial Alaska mine.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday said its investigation found that the EPA had no legal footing for its proposed effort to curtail development at the mine before permits could be submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for review.
The letter came in advance of a hearing Thursday in another House committee, Science, Space and Technology, that opponents of the copper, gold and molybdenum prospect near Bristol Bay said was rigged with Pebble advocates.
The events gave Republican members of the House a chance to air their grievances against an agency they’d like to rein in, and to publicize documents they say shows collusion between the agency and mine opponents.
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