August 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Courtesy of Scott Hed, Director, Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska
For over 8 years, the threat of North America’s largest copper and gold mine has loomed over the communities located around the headwaters of the two major rivers flowing into Bristol Bay, AK. If built, this ill-conceived project would directly impact the world’s largest and last great sockeye salmon run, putting in jeopardy 14,000 commercial fishing jobs, a 10,000 year cultural tradition of subsistence, and a huge recreation economy.
All told, the proposed Pebble Mine would threaten an existing long-term sustainable economy valued at over $1.5 billion annually, for a short-term mine. The EPA has the power to ensure restrictions are in place that will not threaten the fishery. Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, EPA has the authority to restrict or deny a permit that will have adverse effects on this fishery.
EPA took a justified step in February to start the process of restricting or denying any large-scale mining permits in the Pebble copper and gold mining deposit. Now EPA is asking the public to review their proposed determination before making a final decision to protect the fishery.
We have this one final opportunity to have our voices heard, and encourage EPA to follow the science and stop Pebble Mine once and for all.
For more information, please visit: bristolbayunited.com/savebristolbay/