JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has come out against the proposed Pebble Mine, calling it “the wrong mine in the wrong place for Alaska.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week released a report finding that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed posed significant risks to salmon. The region is home to a world-premier sockeye salmon fishery.
EPA said the report would inform options for future government action. Mine opponents have been pressing the agency to take steps to block or limit the project.
A spokesman for the Pebble Limited Partnership says the group is disappointed that Begich had “come out against thousands of new jobs, hundreds of millions in state revenue, and potentially billions in economic activity for Alaska.”
Begich’s position was first reported by the Anchorage Daily News.
(© Copyright 2014 4he Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)