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Permit Decision Delayed for Toxic Pebble Mine; Mitigation Plan Required

In late August, the Corps of Engineers announced that the toxic open-pit Pebble Mine project, in its currently proposed form, cannot be permitted under Clean Water Act Section 404. This followed the Corps' late July release of a deeply flawed Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project - widely opposed by many WPN members - that would devastate Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed. Now, the Corps has delayed its permitting decision for the massive copper and gold mine, requiring Pebble to submit within 90 days a compensatory mitigation plan to "offset the identified unavoidable adverse impacts to aquatic resources and overcome significant degradation at the mine site." While this is a major victory in delaying Pebble Mine, it does not necessarily stop the project from moving forward if the Corps decides to approve a permit after Pebble submits a compensatory mitigation plan. Many - including many WPN member organizations, Native Alaskan tribes, and Members of Congress - are now focused on urging EPA to use its Clean Water Act Section 404(c) veto authority to stop the Pebble Mine project. 

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Water Resources Development Act Update

On July 29, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass its version of the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill (H.R.7575). The bill includes a number of good provisions on Water Protection Network priorities - including directing the Corps to implement the Principles, Guidelines, & Requirements (PR&G) and mainstreaming use of natural infrastructure. In June, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously passed its version of WRDA (S.3591) but it has not yet gone to the Senate floor. The House and Senate are conferencing the bill behind-the-scenes this month.

In August, many Water Protection Network members joined a group sign-on letter led by the Clean Water for All Coalition supporting federal water infrastructure provisions, including those that advance the use of natural infrastructure, additional water infrastructure funding and availability of federal funding to frontline communities. Click here to see the final letter.

Click here to see another letter with 64 groups led by WPN members Southern Environmental Law Center and American Rivers, opposing an amendment that would have eliminated a key component of mitigation for the Corps of Engineers' Savannah Harbor Deepening Project and set a terrible precedent for civil works project mitigation in general. Please stay tuned for additional information and potential sign-on letters as WRDA advances through conferencing toward final passage. 

More information:

  • Click here for more information on the House WRDA bill.
  • Click here for more information on the Senate WRDA bill.
  • Click here to read about Water Protection Network WRDA priorities.

Other Selected News & Resources

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Recent Public Notices

This is a non-comprehensive list of Corps of Engineers public notices from the Federal Register and Corps district websites, and select notices from other federal agencies. Please visit, Corps division and district websites, and other federal agencies' websites for additional public notices. Click here for examples of comments and letters submitted to the Corps by WPN members.

Corps of Engineers Notices

Other Agency Notices
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