EPA reviewing Scott Pruitt decision of Alaska mine

At least one official in the Environmental Protection Agency believes former Administrator and ex-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt might have violated a legal settlement involving a proposed mine in Alaska.

As Politico’s Morning Energy Report revealed, the EPA has started attempts to reverse an Obama-era bid to block the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska.

A memo indicated that the EPA might revoke the Obama administration’s proposed preemptive veto of the mine. When he was Administrator of the EPA, Pruitt suspended work and withdrew the veto in 2018 over concerns of the project’s potential impact to natural resources.

In a memo he wrote to Region 10 Administrator Chris Hladick, EPA General Counsel Matthew Leopold stated he believes the suspension by Pruitt might have violated the settlement re ached in 2017 with developers of the Pebble mine.

 

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