House Republicans step up pressure on EPA over controversial Alaska mine assessment

“We’re going to have an appropriate hearing along with resources on that to make it clear that we support the historic and ordinary process, and not pre-deciding it, particularly after so much time has been invested in qualifying this property,” Issa added.

On the Senate side, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has also weighed in on the issue.

“I’ve always believed that this assessment was seriously flawed. I appreciate the work done by the reviewers, but unless the EPA fixes the fundamental flaw of evaluating an unrealistic, straw-man argument instead of waiting for an actual application to be submitted, problems will remain,” Murkowski said in a statement earlier this month.

“Alaskans deserve a fair and unbiased environmental review of the Pebble project once a project description has been submitted. A preemptive veto by the EPA would make no more sense than a preemptive approval,” she added.

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