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EPA Withdraws Proposed Veto of Pebble Mine


On July 30, EPA withdrew its 2014 proposed "veto" determination to block the Pebble Mine project - a project opposed by over 100 groups including many WPN members - that would pollute pristine waters, destroy thousands of acres of wetlands, and degrade vital wildlife habitat in Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed. The 2014 proposed veto was issued under EPA's Clean Water Act Section 404(c) authority - which over 300 groups including many WPN members oppose restricting - to block or restrict extremely destructive projects. EPA's decision to withdraw the proposed veto potentially removes a major barrier to constructing the extraordinarily destructive Pebble Mine project. EPA will now focus on the Clean Water Act permit review process with the Corps of Engineers.
 

Learn more about EPA's decision to withdraw the proposed veto:

Other updates on Pebble Mine:

Finding the Means: Investment and Adaptation in Vulnerable Communities


WPN member Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy recently published Finding the Means: Investment and Adaptation in Vulnerable Communities with The Water Institute of the Gulf as part of a project looking at vulnerable coastal communities as they face multiple pressures ranging from sea-level rise to repeated flooding.

From the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy:
This project was intended to find two things: 1. From a legal and socioeconomic perspective, what can be done to allow vulnerable communities to extend their lifespan? and 2. Where does the power to make decisions that affect a community's lifespan actually reside? It turns out that, many times, duties to adapt fall on the communities themselves, but they might not actually have the authority nor the capacity to take on those duties. Additionally, the things that make a community viable for its members are often controlled by decisions made far away from the communities themselves.

Selected Resources & News


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Save the Date! The Water Protection Network's 2019 Membership Meeting will be on October 29 to 30, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Public Notices, Comment Periods, and Upcoming Meetings


Please see past WPN Updates for earlier notices, and visit FederalRegister.gov and federal agencies' own websites for complete listings of public notices, proposed rules, and rules. The Corps of Engineers may post additional public notices and related information not listed below on their division-level or district-level websites. Click here for a map with links to their division and district websites.
 

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