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EPA Chief Recused From Bristol Bay Mine That His Former Law Firm Represented

  • Wheeler’s former law firm arranged meeting with agency on mine
  • EPA could still lift Obama-era restrictions thwarting project
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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is formally recusing himself from agency reviews and permitting decisions on a proposed gold and copper mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay amid criticism his former law firm represented the developer.

Wheeler promised to steer clear of matters involving the controversial Pebble Mine in an updated March 20 recusal statement, two years after his former employer, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, had arranged a meeting between former EPA chief Scott Pruitt and project developer Pebble LP.