Politics & Government

November 2, 2010 6:32 AM

Alaska takes over mining wastewater discharge permits from EPA

Alaska is quietly taking over a key pollution-prevention program that the federal government has been running for decades. As of Sunday, the state took control of the wastewater discharge permits for mining projects -- meaning that it will be in charge of regulating discharges from the massive Pebble copper and gold deposit in Southwest Alaska if it is ever developed into a mine.

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