Northern Dynasty’s proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska threatens the largest and most productive wild salmon fishery left on earth. The salmon fishery generates $2 billion in annual economic benefits, 15,000 jobs and feeds local communities and the world with a sustainable, healthy supply of wild salmon.
Although the Army Corps of Engineers rejected the mine’s permit, saying that it would cause “unavoidable adverse impacts” and it would be “contrary to the public interest,” Northern Dynasty has appealed the decision. It’s now clear that the company will fight to develop the Pebble Mine until lasting protections are in place—something we now have an opportunity to secure.
Sign the petition to the EPA telling them to stop the Pebble Mine and protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay Watershed!
I am in strong favor of lasting protection for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, an ecosystem of unparalleled ecological value, supporting the largest and most productive wild salmon fishery on earth, with more than 75 million wild salmon expected to return in 2022.
This phenomenal resource is an economic powerhouse, generating $2.2 billion in economic activity per year, sustaining 15,000 annual jobs, and producing half of the world’s commercial supply of wild sockeye salmon. If protected, this sustainable resource can continue to feed the world and power the economy forever. Of critical importance, the Bristol Bay salmon runs are central to the culture, lives and livelihoods of the people of Bristol Bay, sustaining the indigenous cultures that have lived in the area for millennia.
The science is clear. Two decades of scientific study have determined that the disposal of mine waste in Bristol Bay’s headwaters would cause irreparable harm. It is time for the EPA to expedite the 404(c) process and finalize protections this year. The 404(c) protections should prevent Pebble, and other potential large mining operations like it, from storing or disposing of mining waste in Bristol Bay’s headwaters. The EPA’s action must protect several critical sub watersheds: the North Fork Koktuli, South Fork Koktuli and Upper Talarik Creek, all of which support the productivity of Bristol Bay's wild salmon.
Please use your authority under section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act to finalize the Proposed Determination this year and veto Pebble Mine.
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