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Pebble Mine Settlement Huge Win for Jobs, Trump, and Pruitt

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reversed a harmful Obama-era preemptive veto for Alaska’s Pebble Mine project…

Pebble Mine

It may be a little known project among “Lower 48ers,” but Alaska’s Pebble Mine has been a hot topic for years. The subject of an Obama-era preemptive veto, the mine was shut down in 2014.

But today in a newly announced settlement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reversed that decision – a move that will prove to be a massive job creator for President Trump and Pruitt.

A 2013 IHS Global Insight study showed the project will create 15,000 Alaskan and national jobs during the project’s operation, with an average wage of $63,500 per year.

Further, the mine is expected to bring in an average of $136 to $180 million in annual taxes and royalties, which will put the project in the top tier of companies in the state and create a 600 percent tax revenue increase for Lake and Peninsula Borough.

But in 2015, emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed EPA officials had been coordinating with Pebble Mine opponents to stop the project for years, even going as far as helping activist groups prepare petitions against the mine.

The Pebble Mine settlement is a big win for conservatives, too, who have been calling for such a move since Trump took office.