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EPA's Bristol Bay mining study upsets Alaska officials

The headquarters of the United States Environm...
The headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Photographed on August 12, 2006 by user Coolcaesar. EspaƱol: La sede de la Agencia de Proteccion Ambiental de los Estados Unidos - Washington D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Associated Press
Published: May 3rd, 2012 11:53 AM
Last Modified: May 3rd, 2012 11:55 AM

JUNEAU -- The state of Alaska is fighting a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study that looks at the potential impacts of mining on the world-class Bristol Bay salmon fishery. The watershed assessment is a direct response to concerns that have been raised about the Pebble Mine project, a large copper-and-gold prospect near the headwaters of Bristol Bay. But Alaska's attorney general, in letters to EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran, has asked EPA to stop its work, claiming, among other...