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EPA head Gina McCarthy visits Alaska

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, center, listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Moderator Ralph Anderson is at left, and EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran is at right.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, center, listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Bristol Bay Native Corporation chair Joe Chythlook speaks to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Dennis Andrew, Sr. of New Stuyahok told EPA administrator Gina McCarthy that "Pebble mine is totally unacceptable." The area of the proposed mine "is our dinner table" he said during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Herman Nelson, Sr. of Koligank spoke in opposition to the Pebble mine during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Dillon Chaney and Cate Gomez voiced their concerns during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and moderator Ralph Anderson embraced after a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Aerial view of Dilligham where EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Aerial view of the village of Iliamna, upper left, where EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Janessa Woods who has two kids said "if she didn't work for Pebble she would be on welfare" during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Janessa Woods who has two kids said "if she didn't work for Pebble she would be on welfare" during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Aerial view of a work camp in the area of the proposed Pebble Mine on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
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EPA head Gina McCarthy viewed an iceberg floating in Portage Lake during her visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, on her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
Falling ice from the retreating Portage Glacier splashes in Portage Lake on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
Ice from the retreating Portage Glacier hangs above rock on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Bill Roth
Ice from the retreating Portage Glacier hangs above Portage Lake on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran, left, and Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA, took a Portage Glacier Tour on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, center, listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Moderator Ralph Anderson is at left, and EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran is at right.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, center, listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Bristol Bay Native Corporation chair Joe Chythlook speaks to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Dennis Andrew, Sr. of New Stuyahok told EPA administrator Gina McCarthy that "Pebble mine is totally unacceptable." The area of the proposed mine "is our dinner table" he said during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Herman Nelson, Sr. of Koligank spoke in opposition to the Pebble mine during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Dillon Chaney and Cate Gomez voiced their concerns during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and moderator Ralph Anderson embraced after a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Aerial view of Dilligham where EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people from around Bristol Bay region of Alaska voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Aerial view of the village of Iliamna, upper left, where EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their opinions about the proposed Pebble mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Janessa Woods who has two kids said "if she didn't work for Pebble she would be on welfare" during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
Janessa Woods who has two kids said "if she didn't work for Pebble she would be on welfare" during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in the Iliamna Lake Lodge on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Aerial view of a work camp in the area of the proposed Pebble Mine on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy viewed an iceberg floating in Portage Lake during her visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, on her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
Falling ice from the retreating Portage Glacier splashes in Portage Lake on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
Ice from the retreating Portage Glacier hangs above rock on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Bill Roth
Ice from the retreating Portage Glacier hangs above Portage Lake on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Bill Roth
EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran, left, and Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA, took a Portage Glacier Tour on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
EPA head Gina McCarthy visited Portage Glacier on Monday, August 26, 2013, during her first trip to Alaska.
Bill Roth
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