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Geraghty pushes back on EPA process

By Associated Press 9:57 AM March 5, 2014

In a letter to agency officials, Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty called EPA's actions premature

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a process that could lead to development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region being restricted or prohibited.

EPA announced Friday it was exercising a rarely used authority under the Clean Water Act as a way to protect a world-premiere sockeye salmon fishery.

In a letter to agency officials, Geraghty called EPA’s actions premature and said “good cause” existed to stop the clock on a 15-day response period until permit applications for the proposed Pebble Mine are submitted and reviewed.

EPA said the process allowed the state and others to show no “unacceptable adverse effects” to water resources would result from mining-related discharges or actions could be taken to prevent unacceptable effects.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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