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Many voices speak about Alaska's Pebble Mine

This is an aerial view of a work camp in the area of the proposed Pebble Mine in Iliamna, Alaska, seen on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The Pebble Mine could be the largest open pit mine on the continent, with an earthen tailings dam higher than the Washington Monument to hold mine waste for hundreds to thousands of years, according to an Environmental Protection Agency analysis. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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EPA administrator Gena McCarthy, center, listens to people voice their concerns about the proposed Pebble Mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge in Iliamna, Alaska, Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Gary Baker, a commercial fisherman for 30 years on the Naknek side of Bristol Bay, walks past a salmon mural on a store in Dillingham, Alaska, on Monday, August 26, 2013. Baker is concerned if something goes wrong with the Pebble Mine. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Commercial fishing boats rest in dry dock in Dillingham on Monday, August 26, 2013, after the sockeye salmon fishing season. Dillingham, Alaska, a fishing community of 2,300 is the largest town and hub of the Bristol Bay region. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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"Everything needs clean water. The plants, animals, the fish," said Raymond Apokedak of the Kvichak River village of Levelock, who is fighting against the Pebble Mine. "If something gets contaminated we can't live. We donêt have a Wal-Mart up the road." (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Commercial fisherman Fritz Johnson gets his 32-foot drift boat ready to go moose hunting on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in Dillingham. Dillingham, Alaska, a fishing community of 2,300 is the largest town and hub of the Bristol Bay region. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Vehicles travel on a road along the shore of Lake Iliamna, Alaska on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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A weathered fish drying rack at a fish camp along the shore of Lake Iliamna in Alaska awaits the next salmon season on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.(Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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A pair of boats are moored along the shore of Lake Iliamna in Alaska on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.(Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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These two villagers from Nondalton traveled by four-wheeler to attend the EPA meeting in Iliamna on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The village of Ilamna, Alaska is just a small cluster of buildings around crystal-clear Lake Iliamna, a nursery for wild salmon, which at 80 miles long is the largest U.S. freshwater lake outside the Great Lakes. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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A youngster rides her bike in Dillingham on Monday, August 26, 2013. Dillingham, Alaska, a fishing community of 2,300 is the largest town and hub of the Bristol Bay region. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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People voice their concerns about the proposed Pebble Mine during a meeting in Dillingham, Alaska, Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Villagers take part in a meeting about the Pebble Mine on August 27, 2013. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their concerns about the proposed Pebble Mine during the meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and moderator Ralph Anderson embrace after a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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This is an aerial view of a work camp in the area of the proposed Pebble Mine in Iliamna, Alaska, seen on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The Pebble Mine could be the largest open pit mine on the continent, with an earthen tailings dam higher than the Washington Monument to hold mine waste for hundreds to thousands of years, according to an Environmental Protection Agency analysis. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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EPA administrator Gena McCarthy, center, listens to people voice their concerns about the proposed Pebble Mine during a meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge in Iliamna, Alaska, Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Gary Baker, a commercial fisherman for 30 years on the Naknek side of Bristol Bay, walks past a salmon mural on a store in Dillingham, Alaska, on Monday, August 26, 2013. Baker is concerned if something goes wrong with the Pebble Mine. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Commercial fishing boats rest in dry dock in Dillingham on Monday, August 26, 2013, after the sockeye salmon fishing season. Dillingham, Alaska, a fishing community of 2,300 is the largest town and hub of the Bristol Bay region. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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"Everything needs clean water. The plants, animals, the fish," said Raymond Apokedak of the Kvichak River village of Levelock, who is fighting against the Pebble Mine. "If something gets contaminated we can't live. We donêt have a Wal-Mart up the road." (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Commercial fisherman Fritz Johnson gets his 32-foot drift boat ready to go moose hunting on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in Dillingham. Dillingham, Alaska, a fishing community of 2,300 is the largest town and hub of the Bristol Bay region. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Vehicles travel on a road along the shore of Lake Iliamna, Alaska on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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A weathered fish drying rack at a fish camp along the shore of Lake Iliamna in Alaska awaits the next salmon season on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.(Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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A pair of boats are moored along the shore of Lake Iliamna in Alaska on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.(Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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These two villagers from Nondalton traveled by four-wheeler to attend the EPA meeting in Iliamna on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The village of Ilamna, Alaska is just a small cluster of buildings around crystal-clear Lake Iliamna, a nursery for wild salmon, which at 80 miles long is the largest U.S. freshwater lake outside the Great Lakes. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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A youngster rides her bike in Dillingham on Monday, August 26, 2013. Dillingham, Alaska, a fishing community of 2,300 is the largest town and hub of the Bristol Bay region. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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People voice their concerns about the proposed Pebble Mine during a meeting in Dillingham, Alaska, Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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Villagers take part in a meeting about the Pebble Mine on August 27, 2013. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy listened to people voice their concerns about the proposed Pebble Mine during the meeting in the Iliamna Lake Lodge. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and moderator Ralph Anderson embrace after a meeting at the Dillingham Middle School gym on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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