Retired EPA ecologist Phil North speaks out

Phil North retired from EPA in 2013, and has been traveling in New Zealand, Australia, and most recently Indonesia with his family. He returned to the US to answer questions about his role in shaping Bristol Bay watershed assessment and EPA 404(c) restrictions to block Pebble, other mines. (Photo courtesy of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)
Phil North retired from EPA in 2013, and has been traveling in New Zealand, Australia, and most recently Indonesia with his family. He returned to the US to answer questions about his role in shaping Bristol Bay watershed assessment and EPA 404(c) restrictions to block Pebble, other mines. (Photo courtesy of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

Retired EPA ecologist Phil North resurfaced in the US last month for deposition in a lawsuit filed by the Pebble Mine. Pebble alleges EPA broke Federal Advisory Committee Act rules when it developed the Bristol Bay watershed assessment, and says North was at the center of the effort. Since retiring, North and his family have been traveling in New Zealand, Australia, and Indonesia, sort of, he says, leaving the past behind. Last week he sat for 10 hours of deposition, and has been subpoenaed to appear before a US House oversight committee when Congress reconvenes later this month. But whether Pebble found a silver bullet with EPA’s once ‘missing man’ remains to be seen. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more:

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