Feds advance Alaska's Pebble gold and copper project with release of draft environmental review


By Alex DeMarban
Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, Alaska
Wednesday, February 20,2019

The Trump administration today unveiled the first draft environmental review of the controversial Pebble gold and copper project.

The report is a key step in the regulatory process and will lead to a 90-day public comment period for the southwest Alaska mine that has been in the works for more than a decade, the U.S. Army Corps said.

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The agency is expected to release a final environmental report and make a final decision in 2020 to help determine how development should proceed at the giant prospect in the Bristol Bay region. Other state and federal agencies must also weigh in before mining can begin, and the Environmental Protection Agency still holds the option to essentially veto the project, Corps officials said.

The 1,400-page report, including hundreds more pages in supporting documents, is broken down into several chapters and is available at the federal agency’s Pebble Project website, pebbleprojecteis.com.

If built, the open-pit mine would be about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, straddling salmon-producing headwaters of the valuable Bristol Bay fishery. ...

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