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February 28, 2014

404 Process is Premature and Unprecedented

Tom Collier, CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership, issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to initiate a 404c process for the Pebble Project:

“We remain confident in our project and our position. We will continue to state our case with the EPA as we work through their process. The EPA’s actions today are an unprecedented federal action and reflect a major overreach onto an asset of the State of Alaska. There is a prescribed, science based process for evaluating projects such as Pebble and the EPA has initiated a step that turns this process on its head.

“The Bristol Bay Assessment released earlier this year is not sufficient for any type of agency decision making. The EPA’s Peer Reviewers and staff within the agency agree and stated this in a report published alongside the Bristol Bay Assessment. They stated throughout their report that they would expect to receive more information about a range of issues and decisions in the permitting and NEPA process.

“The steps taken by the EPA to date have gone well outside of its normal practice, have been biased throughout, and have been unduly influenced by environmental advocacy organizations. We have seen sufficient documentation from EPA FOIA materials supporting this position and Northern Dynasty Minerals asked the EPA Inspector General in early January to fully evaluate the entire process.

“As we have stated for many years, we look forward to the opportunity to present our full mine plan and have it properly evaluated under the environmental laws of Alaska and the United States. This is an important asset for the people of Alaska and the minerals in the ground at Pebble are important to our daily lives. “

For additional information contact:
Mike Heatwole, VP Public Affairs
907-339-2600

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