"The EPA is considering using the Clean Water Act to block the Pebble Mine even before it applies for permits," Cockerham writes. "The area of the mine is a massive green expanse bursting with lakes and streams, a sweeping land of moose, caribou and grizzly bears surrounded by mountains. The Pebble Partnership says the region’s deposit is one of the largest of its kind on the planet, with potential to produce 80.6 billion pounds of copper and 107.4 million ounces of gold over three decades." (New York Times map)
The EPA released a study in April that "said the mine could wipe out nearly 100 miles of streams and 4,800 acres of wetlands in the Bristol Bay region. The EPA said it is finalizing the study, which is based on preliminary mine plans submitted to government agencies," Cockerham writes. McCarthy, who didn't take questions from reporters, "said before leaving she’s open-minded about Pebble." (Read more)
McCarthy's visit "drew positive reviews from combatants on both sides," reports Manuel Quinones of Environment & Energy News. For an audio report from Mike Mason of KDLG Radio in Dillingham, about McCarthy's meeting with residents of Iliamna, click here.