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Trump Administration To Pause Permit for Alaska’s Pebble Mine Today

“The mine, which would be North America’s largest, has come under fire from key Republicans”

“The Trump administration will say Monday that it is not ready to grant a permit for a controversial gold and copper mine in Alaska, according to three individuals briefed on the decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, on the grounds that the firm must do more to address how it will harm the environment.

The move represents a blow to Pebble Mine, which was vetoed under Barack Obama but has been revived under the Trump administration. Several high-profile Republicans, including the president’s eldest son, Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Vice President Pence’s former chief of staff Nick Ayers, have campaigned against the project on the grounds it could harm the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will send a letter to the Pebble Limited Partnership on Monday saying because the plan will cause “significant degradation” the company will have to do more to address its environmental impact before it can receive a key federal permit.”

Juliet Eilperin and Ashley Parker report for the Washington Post August 22, 2020.


“New Conditions on Alaskan Mine Could Delay Vast Project That Donald Trump Jr. Opposes” (New York Times)