EPA's 404 C Public Comment Period is Closed

Sep 22, 2014

Over 160-thousand official public comments have been received by the EPA regarding their proposed restrictions on the controversial Pebble Mine. However, it’s expected that once the numbers are tallied hundreds of thousands of comments, both pro-and-con, will be submitted. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The EPA’s proposed restrictions on development of the Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region are currently open for public comment. However, the deadline to comment is this Friday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The deadline is coming up next week to comment on the EPA’s proposal to put in place protections in Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

EPA Holds Public Hearing in Dillingham

Aug 15, 2014
Luke Brummer

A public EPA hearing in Dillingham gave a number of responsive advocates the chance to voice their appeals on both sides of the EPA’s proposal to protect waters in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has the details.


Public Hearing Latest Step in EPA's 404(c) Process

Aug 15, 2014
Luke Brummer

Thursday’s EPA hearing in Dillingham is the latest part of the ongoing Pebble Mine conflict.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

Murkowski Pushes Department of Interior Budget

Aug 1, 2014
Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski

Before leaving for summer break, US Senator Lisa Murkowski revealed the results of the negotiations with Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Reed.  These negotiations resulted in the fiscal year 2015 Senate Interior Appropriations bill.

The Department of the Interior manages the majority of the lands, forests and waters in Alaska. Senator Murkowski is the Ranking Republican on the committee.  She says she is proud to hold that seat.

Jason Sear

Very early this morning the Environmental Protection Agency released the details of how they plan to protect the Bristol Bay region from a proposed large open-pit copper mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Tribal Group Announces Pebble Lawsuit Intervention

Jul 10, 2014
Courtesy: UTBB Facebook

The United Tribes of Bristol Bay recently announced it would intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Pebble Limited Partnership against the EPA’s use of its Clean Water Act authority in order to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. The group of tribes announced the move to help protect the strength of the clean water act. Heather Kendall-Miller is the Senior Staff Attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, which represents the tribal organization.

Earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency announced for the first time ever there is now a minimum on how much fish a pregnant woman should eat every week. 

There is a common misconception that women should eat little to no fish during pregnancy because of high mercury levels.  Although many fish do in fact contain mercury, the FDA and EPA says the levels in most fish would not harm a child or fetus.  This is the FDA’s acting chief scientist Dr. Stephen Ostroff.


Several groups dedicated to stopping development of the proposed Pebble Mine are criticizing Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator for supporting legislation that would limit a power the EPA is using to stop development of the mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Senate Murkowski's offfice

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski used a committee hearing in the Senate Wednesday to talk about a proposed rule that could lead to more streams and waterways in Alaska being subject to federal Clean Water Act protections. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Darrell Issa

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has subpoenaed the EPA for documents about the proposed Pebble Mine. The subpoenas were issued by committee chairman Darrell Issa from California.

Outrage and Praise for the EPA over 404-C

Mar 1, 2014

Friday’s surprise announcement by the EPA to seek a 404-C designation for the proposed Pebble Mine has drawn praise and outrage. KDLG’s Mike Mason has more.

Misty Nielsen

A process got started on Friday that could lead the EPA to rule that the proposed Pebble Mine poses too big a risk to the natural environment to be allowed. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Misty Neilsen

The Environmental Protection Agency is starting a formal process to look at using its authority under the Clean Water Act to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.