Monday, April 6, 2015

Former defense secretary to investigate EPA evaluation of Alaska mine proposal

By M.D.Kittle |

A former defense secretary in the Clinton administration plans to investigate the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial evaluation of a potential mining project in the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska — an evaluation, critics say, was heavy-handed and employed bad science.

William S. Cohen this week announced that his firm, the Cohen Group, assisted by the law firm DLA Piper Global, will conduct an independent review to determine whether the EPA acted fairly.

Cohen has been retained by the Pebble Limited Partnership, developers of the proposed mine that has become the focus of environmentalist angst.

INVESTIGATING THE EPA: Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen will investigate the EPA’s controversial evaluation of a proposed mine project in Alaska.

Cohen will evaluate the fairness of the EPA’s actions and decisions in its contentious process based upon a “thorough assessment of the facts and informed by his experience as Secretary of Defense as well as his 24 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate,” according to a press release. He will have full discretion as to the “means and manner” of carrying out the review to “ensure that it is thorough and unbiased.”

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