New EPA Study: Impacts to Alaska’s Bristol Bay bigger than before!
Alaska’s Bristol Bay: the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery
Year after year, millions of wild salmon return to Bristol Bay like no other place on earth. It provides 14,000 jobs for hard-working fishermen, sustains the Alaska Native people, and provides food for Alaska’s bears, bald eagles, beluga whales, and other wildlife.
NEW EPA study just out: impacts BIGGER than before
The EPA has just released a new draft of its study on the impacts of mining to the Bristol Bay fishery. The new draft identifies even larger impacts to the salmon fishery from the proposed Pebble Mine, under routine operation. At maximum size studied, Pebble Mine would likely:
eliminate or block 90 miles of streams,
destroy 4,800 acres of wetlands, and
harm 34 miles of streams from reduced stream flow.
Speak for the salmon, call on the EPA to stop Pebble Mine! Credit: Ben Knight
Urge the EPA: Protect Bristol Bay!
The EPA has the authority under 404c of the Clean Water Act to prohibit the disposal of mine waste in the pristine waters of the Bristol Bay watershed if science shows that the fishery is at risk. The science is clear. It’s time to stop studying, and take action.
TAKE ACTION: We need you to speak out AGAIN. Urge the EPA and President Obama to take immediate steps to protect the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery.
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