Attorney General Responds to EPA Action
July 18, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – Attorney General Michael Geraghty released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action to prematurely restrict mining activities in Alaska before applications for permits are filed.
“The EPA’s rush to veto potential mining at the Pebble deposit is disturbing, especially since none of the required permit applications, including a Section 404 permit application, have been filed with or vetted by the state and federal regulatory authorities,” said Attorney General Geraghty. “It is unfortunate that the EPA, rather than working with other federal regulatory agencies during this comprehensive review process, and with a state committed to responsible and safe resource development, has chosen to act prematurely with a heavy hand, even while a court case challenging the use of that authority is pending.”
Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash also expressed disappointment with the new regulations.
“The EPA’s action affects more than just this potential project and this area of land,” said Commissioner Balash. “It sets precedent for the EPA to prohibit or limit development anywhere and anytime EPA chooses, including on lands inside and outside of Alaska. Today’s action will undoubtedly negatively impact opportunities for investment and job creation not only in Alaska, but around the nation.”