ANCHORAGE -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting public meetings in Alaska on proposed restrictions for development of the Pebble Mine.

Meetings are set for Tuesday in Anchorage, Wednesday in New Stuyahok and Nondalton, Thursday in Kokhanok and Dillingham and Friday in Iliamna and Igiugig.

EPA has concluded large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed poses significant risks to salmon. The agency later invoked a rarely-used process through which it could ultimately restrict or prohibit development of the proposed mine to protect the fishery.

EPA recently proposed restrictions that would effectively block the level of development that the Pebble Mine's owners have publicly laid out. That's what the agency is taking comments on.

The Pebble Limited Partnership and state have sued EPA, alleging the agency overstepped its authority.

The EPA’s exact locations and times for the meetings are as follows:


    Anchorage: Tuesday, August 12 at 2 p.m.
    Egan Center – Cook and Artegan Rooms

    New Stuyahok: Wednesday, August 13 at 5 p.m.
    Cetuyaraq Community Center

    Nondalton: Wednesday, August 13 at 5 p.m.
    Nondalton Community Center

    Kokhanok: Thursday, August 14 at 5 p.m.
    Community Center

    Dillingham: Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m.
    Dillingham Middle School Gymnasium

    Iliamna: Friday, August 15at 12 p.m.
    Iliamna Community Center

    Igiugig: Friday, August 15 at 12 p.m.
    Igiugig Tribal Hall – Airport Hangar