Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will head to Alaska next week, where it’s likely she will tour the site of a proposed mine that’s generated Capitol Hill buzz.
A memo the EPA sent this week that was obtained by The Hill on Wednesday informed native tribes that McCarthy would visit the site of the proposed Pebble mine in Bristol Bay, located in southwest Alaska.
The Pebble Partnership, a joint venture between the mine’s developers, are putting the finishing touches on hosting McCarthy near the site, spokesman Mike Heatwole told The Hill.
E&E News first reported McCarthy’s scheduled trip to the site. The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The possible visit comes as some congressional Democrats have lined up against the mine, while Republicans have taken issue with how the EPA is assessing the potential mine.