EPA Moves To Sink Alaska Pebble Mine FOIA Suit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked an Alaska federal judge Friday to toss a lawsuit accusing it of withholding documents related to its decision to stop what could be one of the largest copper mines in the country.

Plaintiff Pebble Limited Partnership is seeking the disclosure of records related to the potential mining project near Bristol Bay in Southwest Alaska. The EPA said it properly processed the Freedom of Information Act request and released all responsive records to Pebble except for some that fall under statutory exemptions.

Pebble submitted a FOIA request to the EPA in January 2014 seeking documents containing any communication on the Pebble Mine or the agency’s Bristol Bay assessment, which examined the potential impacts of large-scale mining development on Bristol Bay fisheries and wildlife and on regional Alaska Native cultures. Continue>>>