The Trump administration on Wednesday rejected a permit for the controversial Pebble copper and gold mine in southwest Alaska, ending – for now at least – the long-sought roller coaster effort to build the giant project near the largest wild sockeye salmon in the world. salmon fishing.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the agency “determined that the applicant’s plan for the disposal of the backfill was not in accordance with Clean Water Act guidelines and concluded that the proposed project was contrary to the public interest. “
Here is the full statement from the Corps:
Today, the US Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District released a ruling denying the Pebble Limited Partnership’s application for a permit to develop a copper-molybdenum-gold mine in southwest Alaska under section 404 of the Clean Water Act and section 10 of the Rivers. and the Ports Act.
This decision on the proposed Pebble project resulted in a review process that lasted nearly three years and involved the development of an environmental impact study. This assessment included a thorough analysis of project alternatives as well as a review of additional technical information provided by cooperating agencies and the public. In its decision record, USACE determined that the applicant’s plan for the disposal of fill material did not comply with Clean Water Act guidelines and concluded that the proposed project is against the public interest. .
This action is based on all available facts and complies with applicable laws and regulations. It reflects a fair, flexible and balanced regulatory process. USACE is committed to maintaining and restoring the country’s aquatic resources, while enabling reasonable development.
We have strived to ensure transparency, collaboration, accuracy and timeliness throughout the decision-making process. We really appreciate and appreciate the contributions of everyone who is engaged in this endeavor. Now I am proud to say that we have kept our promise to conduct a thorough review and make a timely licensing decision.
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