He said members of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation joined EPA agents in going after gold miners in the area.
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A special counsel report ordered by the governor of Alaska over an armed “raid” last year on Alaska miners found that the EPA-led investigation unnecessarily exposed the mining families to harm — but also did not find any evidence that task force members broke any laws.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell called for a special counsel to look into the August 2013 raid, saying federal enforcement officers were armed while looking for Clean Water Act violations alongside state authorities. He said members of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation joined EPA agents in going after gold miners in the area.
The report, released Thursday, said the EPA failed to provide witnesses and documents to the special counsel in charge of the investigation. The special counsel report also shows the EPA went forward with the raid, even though the Alaska Department of Public Safety had investigated the criminal concerns a year earlier and “found [them] to be without merit.”