The Trump administration on Wednesday refused permission for a controversial gravel copper and gold mine in southwest Alaska, ending – at least for now – its long-sought-after roller coaster effort to build a huge project near the world’s largest wild hockey. salmon fishing.
According to the U.S. Army Engineering Board, the agency “found that the applicant’s filler release plan did not comply with the guidelines of the Clean Water Act and concluded that the proposed project was contrary to the public interest”.
Below is the full statement of the Army Corps:
Today, the U.S. Army Engineering Board – the Alaska District issued a record of a decision denying Pebble Limited Partnership’s application for a permit to develop a copper-molybdenum-gold mine in southwest Alaska under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of Rivers Based on. and the Port Act.
The decision on the proposed gravel project completes a nearly three-year review process that involved the development of an environmental impact assessment. This evaluation included an in-depth analysis of project alternatives and an examination of additional technical information provided by the cooperating agencies and the public. In its decision minutes, USACE found that the applicant’s filler discharge plan did not comply with the guidelines of the Clean Water Act and concluded that the proposed project was contrary to the public interest.
This operation is based on all available facts and complies with applicable laws and regulations. It reflects a fair, flexible and balanced regulatory process. USACE is committed to maintaining and restoring the country’s water resources, enabling rational development.
We strived for transparency, cooperation, accuracy and expediency in the decision-making process. We appreciate and appreciate the contributions of all those who have participated in this endeavor. I can now proudly say that we have fulfilled our promise to carry out a thorough review and get permission in time.
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