Cohen states: "The decision about whether to build a mine in this area, as well as the process used to make such a decision, is very important to Alaska's environment, economy, people, fish and wildlife. It requires regulatory authority to be exercised in the fairest way possible. After a very thorough review, I do not believe EPA used the fairest and most appropriate process."
The Cohen report raises a series of concerns about potential EPA misconduct, including: that EPA may have pre-determined the outcome of its review before conducting the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment; and, that EPA officials may have had inappropriately close relationships with environmental activists. Cohen urges US Congress and the independent Office of the EPA Inspector General to use their respective subpoena powers to look further into the myriad issues of EPA misconduct catalogued in his report. An Executive Summary of the 346-page Cohen report (with attachments) can be viewed at http://files.cohengroup.net/Final/Final-Executive-Summary.pdf. To access the complete report, visit http://files.cohengroup.net/Final/Final-Report-with-Appendices-compressed.pdf
Pebble selected Secretary Cohen to lead the investigation based on his long-standing reputation in Washington DC for credibility and integrity in government. Cohen served as a member of the US House and Senate for 24 years, and as U.S. Secretary of Defense for four years under President Bill Clinton. He is one of few Republican Senators to be regularly endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters.
Cohen agreed to conduct the investigation into EPA actions "on conditions of independence. I would follow the facts wherever they may lead, and any conclusions would be mine alone."