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Trump set to block controversial Alaska gold mine, Politico says

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Zack Colman and Alex Guillen
Politico, Arlington, Virgnia
Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Trump administration is planning to block the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska early next week, six people familiar with the plans told Politico, marking a surprise reversal that could be the death knell for the massive copper and gold project.

Environmentalists and conservation groups have warned that the project would threaten world's largest sockeye salmon fishery, and the move to block it comes after President Donald Trump faced pressure to nix it from an array of interests, including Republican mega-donor Andy Sabin, Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris, and the his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

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"With any government, whether it be Obama or Trump, nothing is certain until it happens and that's just the nature of this beast," Sabin, who has spoken directly with Trump about the proposed mine, told Politico. "But I'm fairly certain that you're going to get good news."

The Army Corps of Engineers office in Alaska is planning to hold a conference call Monday with groups connected to the proposed mine to discuss the decision, three people with knowledge of the call told Politico. An administration official confirmed the call. ...

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