Environmental Protection Agency erases Bristol Bay protections
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Pebble Mine is back!

Just as Bristol Bay fishermen hauled in a near-record harvest of 37 million sockeye salmon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a blow to the industry by reversing an earlier decision to implement Clean Water Act protections for water quality in the watershed.  
The Trump Administration's EPA is now seeking public input on its decision to reverse its 2014 Proposed Determination to add specific protections to water quality in the Bristol Bay watershed. The 2014 Determination would have ensured large-scale mining did not cause irreversible harm to habitat that sustains the world’s largest salmon fishery. 
The Trump Administration wants to hear from Fishermen on this. The public comment period is now open.
The Bristol Bay fishery is an economic powerhouse* and supports:

  • $1.5 billion in economic activity  
  • 14,000 jobs each season 
  • $500 million in annual income
*Read the full report from the University of Alaska Anchorage's Institute of Social and Economic Research 

United Fishermen of Alaska represents 34 Alaska commercial fishing organizations and is steadfast in its opposition to the Pebble Mine as proposed by Northern Dynasty Minerals. 

You can submit your comments to the EPA by clicking here. 

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more on Pebble Mine


UFA's statement in opposition to development of Pebble Mine
UFA issued a statement recognizing that the Bristol Bay region’s salmon resources typically account for more than a quarter of the state’s ex-vessel salmon value and are integral to an economy that provides for fishermen, tenders, processing, support businesses, communities and families as well as net positive contributions to the State’s General Fund, it is critically important for the commercial fishing industry to assure that other industrial development does not disrupt or degrade the area’s fishing economy. 

EPA moves to cancel proposed restrictions at Pebble prospect 
Read a synopsis of the decision in the Alaska Dispatch News



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