House Republicans to probe EPA moves on Pebble Mine after report

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House Republicans to probe EPA moves on Pebble Mine after report

The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee is pressing the Environmental Protection Agency for information, after a report concluded the agency gave environmentalists improper favor when it proposed restrictions on a potential gold and copper mining project in Bristol Bay.

In a Wednesday letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said the report, conducted by Clinton administration Defense Secretary William Cohen for the mining group Pebble Partnership, raised serious concerns about the transparency of the agency’s action.

Smith also announced that the committee would hold a Nov. 5 hearing on the EPA’s handling of the project, with Cohen set to testify.

Barrick fined $16m for Pascua-Lama violations

VALLENAR, Chile (AP) — Chile’s environmental regulator blocked Barrick Gold Corp.’s $8.5 billion Pascua-Lama project on Friday and imposed its maximum fine on the world’s largest gold miner, citing “very serious” violations of its environmental permit as well as a failure by the company to accurately describe what it had done wrong.