Northern Dynasty Minerals announced that an Alaskan federal district court judge has granted a motion to dismiss a case against Pebble.
Northern Dynasty Minerals (TSX:NDM,NYSEAMERICAN:NAK) announced that an Alaskan federal district court judge has granted the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) motion to dismiss a case brought by anti-Pebble activist groups.
As quoted in the press release:
The litigation challenged EPA’s July 2019 decision to formally withdraw its prior regulatory action under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act (initiated in 2014 by the Obama Administration), which sought to preemptively veto the Pebble Project before permit applications had been filed or an Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) permitting process was undertaken. In granting the Motion to Dismiss, US District Judge Sharon L. Gleason found the anti-Pebble activists had “failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted”.
In a statement released April 18, 2020, Pebble Limited Partnership (“Pebble Partnership” or “PLP”) CEO Tom Collier said the US legal system has once again re-affirmed the Pebble Project’s right to receive a fair and objective permitting review under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) and National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). He said the court decision received last week removes yet another obstacle to receiving a Final EIS and Record of Decision on the Pebble Project by mid-2020.