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Bristol Bay needs protection — permanently and irrevocably

A Call for Permanent Protection

There are two things that need to happen to protect Bristol Bay from the threat of environmental devastation.

Step 1

An EPA Clean Water Act Veto of Pebble Mine — IN PROGRESS

The Environmental Protection Agency, using section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, has the power to veto Pebble Mine. No other approach can provide immediate protections for those who depend on Bristol Bay. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency have concluded that Pebble Mine will damage Bristol Bay forever. On October 29th, the courts officially put the 404(c) process back in the hands of the EPA.

The people of Bristol Bay have been fighting to protect their home for two decades. The EPA is now reviewing over half a million comments submitted by the public on the proposed determination to enforce a Clean Water Act veto by the end of the year. 

Step 2

Lawmakers Must Act to Protect Bristol Bay.

It is time for our elected leaders in Congress and in Alaska to pass legislation that will protect the Bristol Bay watershed in perpetuity. Such legislation should ensure that mining projects that would harm Bristol Bay rivers, lakes and wetlands — such as the proposed Pebble Mine — can never be built.  Legislation is a key part of our dual track approach, but a 404c veto is critical to provide immediate protections and underpin strong legislation.

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