New article on Pebble mine controversy

October 02, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

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. ...


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

September 18, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

The Anchorage Daily News reported this week that one of the companies which had been trying to develop the Pebble mine—Anglo American—is 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 … ...


Senators troubled by EPA's position on Pebble Mine

February 26, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

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 ...


PLF submits comments on EPA's Bristol Bay mining assessment

July 16, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

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 ...