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EPA Restricts Mine Waste Disposal in Bristol Bay Watershed – July 21, 2014

A crucial step towards protecting the world’s most prolific salmon fishery

On Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited plan for restricting mine waste disposal in Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed — a crucial step towards protecting the world's most prolific wild salmon fishery and the 14,000 hardworking fishermen who depend on it. Alaska Native Tribes and commercial fishermen petitioned the EPA to use its authority to protect the fishery in 2010.

Salmon fishing boats in Bristol BayPhoto by Courtesy Friends of Bristol BaySalmon fishing boats in Bristol Bay. Alaska Native Tribes and commercial fishermen petitioned the EPA to use its authority to protect the fishery in 2010.

"It's been a long time coming,"… more

by: Bonnie Gestring

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EPA Says Pebble Mine Could Devastate Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery – January 16, 2014

Agency report is a blow to mining interests who want to set up world’s largest open-pit copper and gold mine in the region

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final study of the impacts of large-scale mining, including the proposed Pebble Mine, on Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The science is clear. Mining the Pebble deposit will have severe and lasting consequences for the world’s largest wild salmon fishery.

aerial photo of a wild landscape in sunshineCourtesy of EPABristol Bay supplies nearly 50 percent of the world’s commercial sockeye, generates $480 million in annual revenue and supports 14,000 jobs a year.

"Our report concludes that large-scale mining poses risks to salmon and the tribal communities that have depended on them for thousands of years,” EPA regional administrator… more

by: Bonnie Gestring

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