News roundup: July 11, 2014

Alaska Tribes to Back EPA in Pebble Mine Case (The Hill, July 3, 2014)

The United Tribes of Bristol Bay is seeking to intervene in the lawsuit that Pebble Limited Partnership initiated in May against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is currently seeking to restrict or prohibit large-scale mining at the Pebble deposit in Bristol Bay. The coalition of Alaska Native Tribes will support the EPA in the lawsuit. The State of Alaska had previously filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of the Pebble Limited Partnership.

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Read Pebble Watch coverage of the PLP lawsuit.

Judge Asked To Halt EPA Action on Pebble (KTUU, July 2, 2014)

As part of its ongoing lawsuit against the EPA for its use of 404(c) authority under the Clean Water Act, Pebble Limited Partnership has filed a motion asking a federal judge to halt the EPA’s efforts to restrict or prohibit large-scale mining at the Pebble deposit area in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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Fishing Contest Hopes to Raise Awareness of Pebble Mine Project (KDLG radio, June 26, 2014)

Commercial Fishermen of Bristol Bay are sponsoring a photo contest, “Faces of the Fleet,” to draw attention to the industry that would be “severely impacted if the watershed of Bristol Bay were impacted by large-scale mining.” Contest details are provided in this story by Dillingham’s KDLG radio.

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Tribes Bypass State Rules, Want EPA to Stop GTAC Mine (Wisconsin Public Radio, June 20, 2014)

Northern Wisconsin’s Chippewa Federation has written a letter to EPA asking it to use its 404(c) authority to stop mining permitting activity in the Penokee range, according to this article on Wisconsin Public Radio’s news site. This is the same authority EPA recently used to begin efforts to restrict or prohibit large-scale mining in the Pebble deposit area of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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