Pebble Mine backers ready EPA pushback

Proponents of a massive and contentious copper and gold mine in Alaska are poised to issue a rebuttal to the Environmental Protection Agency’s February move to halt the project in its early stages.
 
The Pebble Partnership expects to respond Tuesday to the EPA’s February decision to delay the permitting process for the Pebble Mine project under a seldom-used provision of the Clean Water Act, according to the firm’s CEO, Tom Collier.
 
Collier said the move amounts to regulatory overreach by the agency.
 
“We don’t believe they have the statutory authority,” he said Monday.
 
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