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New leader of EPA considers trip to Pebble Mine site in Alaska

Gina McCarthy, the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, is weighing a visit to Alaska to visit the site of the controversial Pebble Mine.

Several Alaska tribes and Native corporations oppose the development. They fear it will harm waterways and disturb subsistence resources like fish.

“I would like to take a little bit of a trip out there and see it,” McCarthy, who was confirmed earlier this month, told The Washington Post.

Democrats in Congress are opposing development while Republicans are supporting it.

Get the Story:
As Bristol Bay fight heats up, EPA’s McCarthy may visit proposed mine site (The Washington Post 8/1)
Congress pushes EPA on giant Pebble mine (The Anchorage Daily News 8/1)

Committee Notice:
EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment – A Factual Review of a Hypothetical Scenario (August 1, 2013)

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Opinion: Pebble Mine brings development to Native villages (07/22)
Callan J. Chythlook-Sifsof: Native subsistence under threat (06/28)
Opinion: Alaska Natives seek an extension on EPA assessment (08/08)
Kim Williams: Alaska hypocritical as Natives fight mining project (06/11)
Editorial: Vote against Pebble Mine won't settle the debate (10/19)
John Adcox: Native corporation ignores people on Pebble Mine (10/04)
Jason Metrokin: Alaska Native corporation against Pebble Mine (09/26)

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