JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The developer of a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska is expressing confidence it's on track to win key federal approvals.
But critics said the environmental review process for the Pebble Mine has been rushed.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to release its review Friday. A permitting decision is expected later this year.
Should the mine advance, it would need state approvals.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which proposed restricting the development of the project under the Obama administration, could invoke that so-called veto process again if it deemed that necessary.