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New report says no laws broken during federal raid

By Shannon Ballard 9:35 PM March 13, 2014

Parnell calls it an example of gross federal overreach

ANCHORAGE - A new report by a special counsel hired by the state says no laws were broken during a federal raid on mines in the Fortymile mining district.

Gov. Sean Parnell ordered an outside investigation into actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Parnell claims the EPA stormed into mining camps with guns last August.

The EPA says it was investigating possible violations of the Clean Water Act, and says Thursday’s report by the special counsel confirms the investigations were done professionally.

Still, Parnell calls this an example of gross federal overreach.

He wants to know why the EPA launched the criminal investigation in the first place.

“They had no basis for a criminal investigation as compared to the civil … enforcement that they’ve availed themselves of for 30 years,” Parnell said.  “We’re still not at the bottom of this and we’re going to keep pursuing answers to these questions.”

In a statement, the EPA says it stands by the actions taken during the investigation.

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