State files to protect permitting processes from premature EPA veto.
The State of Alaska is seeking to intervene in the Pebble Partnership's lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the motion filed on May 30, the State challenges the agency’s advancement of federal authority to prohibit development, before the permitting process takes place. The EPA’s unprecedented action raises concern by the State that the agency’s preemptive move has implications for all state and federal lands.
In the Alaska Department of Law press release, Attorney General Michael Geraghty said:
“Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the EPA seeking to veto a hypothetical project before any permit application has been filed, is that it sets precedent for the EPA to take land anywhere in the United States and prematurely limit development of a valuable resource.”
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