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Pebble wants notice of future EPA action

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The group behind the proposed Pebble Mine wants notification of any further action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would affect the project.

The request is part of a lawsuit by the Pebble Limited Partnership and Alaska Peninsula Corp.

The lawsuit alleges EPA exceeded its authority by invoking a process through which it could restrict or prohibit development of the Pebble deposit before the project goes through permitting.

EPA proposed restrictions that, while not outright banning mining of the Pebble deposit, would essentially block the type of project the mine's owners previously outlined.

The groups' attorneys say EPA received an extension for filing briefs without telling the court it was about to announce the proposed restrictions.

A Pebble spokesman said the proposed restrictions "amount to a de facto veto."

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