Pebble suing EPA over steps that could bar mine

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A group seeking to develop a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for taking steps that could prohibit development.

The Pebble Limited Partnership says EPA exceeded its authority in February when it started the process after concluding that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed posed significant risks to salmon.

Pebble, in its lawsuit, also says a veto of the project would be an "unlawful revocation" of the state of Alaska's right to allow for development on state lands. The proposed mine is on state lands.