Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) The EPA continues to review hundreds of thousands of comments about a controversial mining project in Bristol Bay.
The EPA has proposed to reverse restrictions that had been placed on large scale mining in the area under the O'Bama Administration. The EPA held various hearings across the state this year and the three month public comment period closed on October 17. EPA officials said more than 750,000 comments were in favor of keeping clean water act restrictions in place for dredged or fill mater at the site of the proposed Pebble Mine. More than 97% of the comments came from outside Alaska.
The mine has also been the subject of litigation. A 2014 court ruling stopped the EPA from enforcement of the rule. The new administration announced in July they would begin the process of withdrawing the rule.