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September 29, 2013 12:00 AM

In Pebble Mine project, Alaskan villages see perils, promise

In the vast tundra of Southwest Alaska, the planet’s greatest remaining stronghold of wild salmon, an open-pit mine of staggering proportions is being hatched. The EPA figures the proposed Pebble Mine could wipe out nearly 100 miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands. But the deposit of copper and gold also is a potential $300 billion bonanza in a place where good jobs can be scarce.

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