EPA's Final Study Released: Pebble Mine Could Devastate Bristol Bay Salmon
On 2014, the EPA released its final watershed assessment on the potential impacts of large scale mining on Alaska's Bristol Bay salmon fishery.
The science is complete, and it's definitive. There's simply no way to avoid severe impacts. Even under routine operation,
> 94 miles of salmon streams would be destroyed by the mine footprint (maximum size studied)
> 33 miles of streams would be harmed by altered flows, and
> polluted water from the mine site would enter streams
Not surprisingly, Northern Dynasty, the company behind the proposed mine has questioned the science. Yet, the study has undergone a rigorous review process with two full rounds of peer review by a panel of twelve independent scientists.
In 2010, Alaska Native Tribes and commercial fishermen petitioned the EPA to use its authority under Section 404c of the Clean Water Act to restrict mine waste dumping in the rivers and streams that feed Bristol Bay.
Now with the scientific study in hand, EPA can determine whether to use its 404c authority to safeguard the fishery.
"We owe them a response to the petition," Dennis McLerran, EPA Regional Administrator said in the Anchorage Daily News. "This is an issue that has weighed heavily on people in the watershed on all side of the issue."
In the meantime, U.S. Senator Begich (AK) has taken a position opposing the Pebble Mine, saying, "Wrong mine. Wrong place. Too big."
Be sure to read the editorial in the Anchorage Daily News today, which responds to recent pressure from House Republicans from California and Georgia, against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agnecy (EPA) for the draft watershed assessment it recently completed of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Here’s how the ADN responds: “The EPA isn’t the issue here. Whether […]Read the rest of this entry »
Alaska’s commercial fishermen have taken the message about the risks to the wild salmon fishery to those that love to buy and eat salmon. A recent article and letter appear in the UK magazine – The Grocer. Did you know that the UK is the largest importer of Bristol Bay canned salmon?Read the rest of this entry »
A new article in the Santiago Times describes multiple toxic spills at Anglo American’s Los Bronces mine in Chile. According to the article, a a truck transporting ammonium nitrate veered off the road near Santiago on March 28, spilling 20 tons of its toxic cargo just feet from a river feeding the Aguas Cordillera water […]Read the rest of this entry »
It’s big news. For the first time ever, the Food Marketing Institute, which represents 26,000 food retail stores and $680 billion in annual revenue, has spoken out on behalf of protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery – the largest wild salmon fishery in the world. FMI, announced its support for an EPA study of […]Read the rest of this entry »
The Pebble Partnership recently released its 27,000 pages of baseline data, but an AP story documents how PLP stone-walled agency staff who are tasked with studying the impacts. “It’s virtually impossible to provide substantive review comments when (Pebble) doesn’t disclose more details of their development plans and their contractors only occasionally share snippets of the […]Read the rest of this entry »
A new investor risk report highlights the regulatory, legal, political and engineering hurdles confronting Anglo American’s controversial Pebble mine project. “Local opposition to the Pebble mine project has translated into a barrage of legal, political and regulatory hurdles over the last year,” said Jonas Kron, analyst at Trillium Asset Management Corp. “After scrutinizing the project […]Read the rest of this entry »
Anglo American withdraws from the Pebble Partnership
As Anglo leaves, eyes turn to EPA
January 23, 2014 | IC Magazine
January 15, 2014 | Washington Post
January 15, 2014 | Businessweek
Alaska Native Tribes, Jewelers, Investors, Commercial Fishermen and Conservation Groups Applaud EPA’s Final Study of Large-Scale Mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Watershed
January 15, 2014 | Earthworks et. al.
EPA releases Bristol Bay Assessment describing potential impacts to salmon and water from copper, gold mining
January 15, 2014 | EPA
December 15, 2013 | Juneau Empire
December 15, 2013 | Juneau Empire
December 11, 2013 | KDLG
September 16, 2013 | Nunamta Aulukestai
Press Statement of Earthworks Executive Director Jennifer Krill regarding Anglo American’s Withdrawal from the Pebble Mine Proposal
September 16, 2013 | Earthworks
September 3, 2013 | Center for American Progress
August 28, 2013 | Anchorage Daily News
August 26, 2013 | Alaska Public Media
July 29, 2013 | CNN
July 27, 2013 | Alaska Dispatch
June 27, 2013 | Earthworks