U-S Army Corps of Engineers looking at possible Pebble timeline revision

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JUNEAU, Alaska An official with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says the agency is not under pressure from anyone to deliver a final environmental review on the proposed Pebble Mine project by a certain time .

Sheila Newman, deputy chief of the corps’ regulatory division in Alaska, says a decision could come by mid-December -- ahead of the scheduled early 2020 for release of a final environmental review.

Critics of the proposed copper- and- gold mine in southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region argue the corps’ draft analysis is scientifically inadequate.

Newman told reporters Tuesday the corps received a lot of in-depth resources, and thoughtful comments from public and agencies to help refine its analysis.