Retired EPA ecologist Phil North speaks out

Apr 4, 2016

Phil North flew to Washington, D.C., last month for deposition in a Pebble lawsuit against EPA, and will stick around for a Congressional inquiry later this month. He spoke with KDLG Friday.

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.
Credit 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:

Did Phil North help draft the 2010 letter from six Bristol Bay tribes requesting EPA intervention? What happened to those couple years of missing emails, and where has he been the past three years? And what does he think of the controversy surrounding his involvement in EPA's efforts to block mines like Pebble from being developed in Bristol Bay? He spoke on those matters and much more last Friday during an interview with KDLG.

Why is Pebble interested in Phil North anyway? CEO Tom Collier joined last week to discuss that.