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In this April 10, 2011 file photo, director Robert Redford arrives at Ford's Theatre for The American Film Company's premiere of his film "The Conspirator" in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) In this April 10, 2011 file photo, director Robert Redford arrives at Ford's Theatre for The American Film Company's premiere of his film "The Conspirator" in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Call it the fight between the mega-mine and the mega-star.

Hollywood star Robert Redford is speaking out against the Pebble Mine, a huge copper and gold deposit poised for development in southwest Alaska, which also hosts the world's last and best wild salmon streams.

Redford posted a blog entry Thursday morning on the Huffington Post website that says he's not against mining but is against "putting mega-mines where they don't belong."

He also is speaking out in a New York Times advertisement paid for by the Natural Resources Defense Council asking mining companies Rio Tinto and Anglo American to leave Bristol Bay alone.

Redford describes Pebble as a disaster-in-the making. But the mining companies maintain they can develop the mine responsibly and without harming fish.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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