EPA head met with a mining CEO — and then pushed forward a controversial mining project

( CNN) Within hours of meeting with a mining corporation CEO, the brand-new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency placed his staff to withdraw a plan to protect the watershed of Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the most valuable wild salmon fisheries on Earth, is in accordance with interviews and government emails obtained by CNN.

In 2014, after three years of peer-reviewed learn, the Obama administration’s EPA invoked a rarely expended provision of the Clean Water Act to try to protect Bristol Bay after obtaining that a mine “would result in terminated loss of fish habitat due to termination, dewatering, and fragmentation of brooks, wetlands, and other aquatic resources” in some areas of the inlet.