The latest federal review of the proposed Pebble Mine is still making headway despite the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government, with its first results anticipated late next month.

John Budnik, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that work is proceeding because the Department of Defense is not part of the shutdown precipitated by a showdown between President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress over the president’s proposed border wall.

As a result, the Corps’ draft environmental impact statement on the Bristol Bay copper and gold project hasn’t been hindered by the dispute.

“We are anticipating the draft to be completed in mid-February,” Budnik said. “We’ll possibly publish the notice of availability in the Federal Register from February 22 through March 1.”

Once the draft statement is released, Budnik said, a 90-day period for public comment will begin.

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