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USNPS scientists find "critical shortcomings" in plan to mine near Okefenokee Swamp

Federal scientists have delivered their most detailed critique yet of an Alabama company’s plan to mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, casting serious doubt on the claims of the company and state environmental regulators, who have repeatedly said the project poses no harm to the refuge.

The new analysis by hydrologists at the National Park Service (NPS) found ‘critical shortcomings’ in the model the company used, which they say “obfuscates the true impacts from mining on the refuge.” As a result, the scientists say the model cannot reliably predict how water levels in the swamp or surrounding ecosystems will be affected by the mine.

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