EPA Report: Pebble Mine will Damage $1.5 Billion Bristol Bay Fishery in Spectacular Alaska Landscape

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“The Environmental Protection Agency’s final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (BBWA), released today, shows that large-scale mining in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed would immediately cause the loss of 90 miles of salmon spawning waters and be potentially devastating to the entire drainage and its irreplaceable salmon and trout populations.

In light of the final assessment, Trout Unlimited today called on the EPA to immediately protect Bristol Bay from destructive mining. The BBWA was conducted after nine federally recognized tribes, commercial fishermen and sporting interests asked the EPA to use the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mining in the region, including the proposed Pebble Mine. After nearly three years and extensive scientific research based on the mining company’s own development scenarios for Pebble Mine, as well as hundreds of thousands of public comments and two peer reviews, the report establishes a clear scientific foundation for the EPA to protect Bristol Bay.

“The science is indisputable,” said Chris Wood, president and CEO of TU. “Bristol Bay is the world’s most important wild salmon fishery, and no place for a large-scale industrial mine. The EPA has done its job, and it’s now time for the Obama administration to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the mine and protect the $1.5 billion-per-year fishery.”

Additionally, Wood said, protecting Bristol Bay is the most important conservation priority for TU and its 153,000 members who work to make trout and salmon fishing better all across the United States…” (Continue reading from original source)

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