EPA extends comment period on proposed Pebble Mine restrictions

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is extending by two months the public comment period on its proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.

    The agency says its regional office received communications in favor of and against an extension and determined that good cause existed to extend until Sept. 6 the comment period.

    The comment period was previously set to expire Tuesday.

    The EPA in May announced the proposed restrictions affecting the Pebble Mine project. It was the latest move in a years-long dispute over efforts by developers to advance the mine in a region known for its salmon runs.

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