EPA Assessment Shows Pebble Mine Proposal Should Be Halted Immediately

01-15-2014 // Miles Grant

Photo of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Southeastern Alaska

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Tony Turrini, the National Wildlife Federation’s senior counsel based in Anchorage, Alaska, said today:

"The Environmental Protection Agency has taken on a rigorous ecological assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed, its wild sockeye salmon runs and the people and wildlife whose livelihoods depend on them, and the Pebble Mine proposal. Based on this assessment’s view of the massive threats to Bristol Bay’s fish habitats and fishing economy, the Environmental Protection Agency should act promptly to halt the Pebble Mine project and prevent its significant and unacceptable effects on fisheries, wildlife, and recreation. It’s clear any short-term gains from large-scale hardrock mining would be significantly outweighed by the permanent damage to over 50 miles of streams and thousands of wetland acres even when running as planned – and a worst-case failure scenario could be catastrophic."

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