The following excerpt is from the company's
investigation into EPA actions at Alaskas Pebble Project
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (TSX: NDM; NYSE MKT: NAK) ("Northern Dynasty" or the "Company") announces that former US Senator and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen today released the report of his investigation into the US Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) actions with respect to Alaskas Pebble Project, and the agencys efforts to issue the first-ever pre-emptive veto in the 43-year history of the
Clean Water Act
Report of an Independent Review of the United States Environmental Protection Agencys Actions in Connection With Its Evaluation of Potential Mining In Alaskas Bristol Bay Watershed
, the report was commissioned by the Pebble Limited Partnership (Pebble Partnership or PLP) and prepared by a team of independent investigators employed by The Cohen Group and law firm DLA Piper over a period of approximately one year. The Cohen investigation team reviewed thousands of EPA documents secured through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and interviewed some 60 individuals involved with the EPA or its controversial review of the Pebble Project.
Cohen states: The decision about whether to build a mine in this area, as well as the process used to make such a decision, is very important to Alaskas environment, economy, people, fish and wildlife. It requires regulatory authority to be exercised in the fairest way possible. After a very thorough review, I do not believe EPA used the fairest and most appropriate process.
The Cohen report raises a series of concerns about potential EPA misconduct, including: that EPA may have pre-determined the outcome of its review before conducting the
Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment
; and, that EPA officials may have had inappropriately close relationships with environmental activists. Cohen urges US Congress and the independent Office of the EPA Inspector General to use their respective subpoena powers to look further into the myriad issues of EPA misconduct catalogued in his report.
Cohen concludes by encouraging US lawmakers to consider taking action to...