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October 02, 2013

New article on Pebble mine controversy

The Federalist Society published my new article on the Pebble mine today: Can the Environmental Protection Agency Stop the Pebble Mine?¬† The article examines EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act, particularly whether it may “veto” a project like the Pebble mine before the project proponent applies for the necessary permits.¬ ...

September 18, 2013

Is this the beginning of the end for the Pebble mine?

The Anchorage Daily News reported this week that one of the companies which had been trying to develop the Pebble mine‚ÄĒAnglo American‚ÄĒis pulling out of the project as a result of the EPA’s efforts to stall the permitting process.¬† The mine, which is still in the design stage, would tap into one of the world’s ...

February 26, 2013

Senators troubled by EPA's position on Pebble Mine

In a letter addressed to Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Senators David Vitter and Roger Wicker write that they believe EPA has decided to grant itself “preemptive veto authority” over Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting decisions.¬† Section 404, which is generally administered by the Army Corps of Engineers, provides that a ...

July 16, 2012

PLF submits comments on EPA's Bristol Bay mining assessment

As mentioned in our president’s Friday roundup, PLF recently submitted comments on an EPA draft publication, An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.¬† There have been voluminous public comments on this document, as some believe EPA might be contemplating making the Bristol Bay watershed, an area ...