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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under fire for spending $2.4 million in reviewing the proposed open-pit copper and gold Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska, The Daily Caller reports

The figure represents the agency’s external expenses on its draft watershed assessment which was submitted for public comment in May 2012.

In senate hearings on Tuesday republicans grilled Ken Kopocis, the White House nominee for assistant administrator to the EPA’s water office, over the sum.

The original purpose of the hearing was to consider Kopocis’ appointment which has been held up by senate republicans since he was nominated last year.

Read more from this July 24, 2013 Mining.com story here.

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