ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out in Anchorage to comment on a proposal that would severely restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made the proposal last month. It would effectively bar the type of development that the mine's owner, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., has previously discussed.
The agency is hosting public meetings in Alaska this week. Written comments can be submitted through Sept. 19.
The Alaska Dispatch News reported (http://bit.ly/VmyJcy ) that people on both sides testified about their love of salmon.
But opponents of the mine said the project posed too great a threat. Others said the project should be allowed to move through the permitting phase before any action is taken that could curtail development.