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E.P.A. Says It Will Fight Mine 

March 5, 2014 — By Heath Wickline

Kirk Johnson, writing for the New York Times:

Federal environmental regulators, citing risks to water quality and salmon spawning grounds in one of the world’s richest fisheries, moved on Friday to block the development of a giant open-pit copper mine in the watershed of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska.

While the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency was not an outright death blow to the project, called the Pebble Mine, it left little room for the mine and its supporters to persuade the agency otherwise. E.P.A. officials said they would now start gathering additional information and public comment under a provision of the federal Clean Water Act that could end any chance of the mine project’s going ahead.

This is a clear victory for the environment, and one made possible by the work of many of our Environment Program grantees, including Trout Unlimited and the New Venture Fund's Bristol Bay United Project.