Environmental campaigners stressed the need for the incoming Biden White House to put in place permanent protections for Alaska\u0026#039;s Bristol Bay\u0026nbsp;after the Trump administration on Wednesday denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine that threatened \u0022lasting harm to this phenomenally productive ecosystem\u0022 and death to the area\u0026#039;s Indigenous culture.Bristol Bay forever, Pebble mine never. #NoPebbleMine #SaveBristolBay pic.twitter.com/CBQ9zuy8A5— Save Bristol Bay (@SaveBristolBay) November 25, 2020In its record of decision on the long-fought industrial gold and copper mining project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cited \u0022Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act,\u0022 the Anchorage Daily News reported.\u0022USACE determined that the applicant\u0026#039;s plan for the discharge of fill material does not comply with Clean Water Act guidelines and concluded that the proposed project is contrary to the public interest.\u0022The decision was hailed by a chorus of conservation groups. \u0022Sometimes a project is so bad, so indefensible, that the politics fall to the wayside and we get the right decision,\u0022 said SalmonState executive director Tim Bristol. \u0022That is what happened today.\u0022\u0022The Pebble Mine was always the wrong mine in the wrong place,\u0022 said Adam Kolton, executive director of Alaska Wilderness League. \u0022The fact that President Trump resurrected and promoted it prior to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ultimately denying the permit isn\u0026#039;t worth dwelling on,\u0022 he said, referring to the president\u0026#039;s intervention in the matter.\u0022What matters today,\u0022 Kolton continued, \u0022is that the world\u0026#039;s most productive salmon fisheries are safer and the tribes, fishermen, and communities that depend on a healthy Bristol Bay can breathe a sigh of relief.\u0022World Wildlife Fund previously released a video explaining \u0022why the proposed mine doesn\u0026#039;t stand up to a fact check.\u0022 The group described Bristol Bay as \u0022the lifeblood that sustains every species calling the region home,\u0022 including harbor seals, hundreds of bird species, and brown bear. The watershed is also critically important to tribes and the salmon upon which they\u0026#039;ve relied for millenium.\u0026nbsp; Bristol Bay also hosts the planet\u0026#039;s most productive salmon fishery.With such impacts at stake, Marc Fink, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, called the rejection \u0022a huge victory for wild salmon, the Iliamna, lake seal, and other imperiled wildlife that call this spectacular place home.\u0022The administration\u0026#039;s rejection follows the September release of secret recordings between Tom Collier, CEO of Pebble Limited Partnership, and Ronald Thiessen, president and CEO of Northern Dynasty Minerals, which owns Pebble, that revealed the goal was not a 20-year project the 20-year operation publicly promised by the developers, but instead to create a project of \u0022unstoppable\u0022 growth with a timeline of possibly 200 years. The executives instead were looking at \u0022unstoppable\u0022 growth and a timeline of possibly 200 years.The recordings elicited concern from the House Transportation Committee chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-Calif.), who wrote last week to Pebble Limited Partnership and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.\u0022From the private discussions revealed by the \u0026#039;Pebble Tapes,\u0026#039; it seems as though Pebble was dealing with two sets of facts,\u0022 wrote DeFazio and Napolitano,\u0022one to lure potential investors to the Pebble project and one to alleviate fears of Alaskan Natives, the U.S. Congress, and federal agencies of potential adverse environmental impacts from the mine.\u0022In his statement on Wednesday, Kolton added, \u0022The credit for this victory belongs not to any politician but to Alaskans and Bristol Bay\u0026#039;s Indigenous peoples, as well as to hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts from all across the country who spoke out in opposition to this dangerous and ill-conceived project. We can be thankful that their voices were heard, that science counted, and that people prevailed over short-term profiteering.\u0022Bonnie Gestring, Northwest Program director at Earthworks, accused Pebble of having \u0022tried every trick in the book to push this project through, but the crystal clear science prevailed.\u0022President-elect Joe Biden, for his part, has promised to reject the Pebble Mine.Gestring urged the incoming administration to \u0022take the next step and use the Clean Water Act to place permanent limits on mining in Bristol Bay to protect the salmon fishery and the communities that depend on it.\u0022Her demand was echoed by Joel Reynolds, senior attorney with the Nature Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).\u0022The next step is for the Environmental Protection Agency to use section 404c of the Clean Water Act to permanently protect this national treasure from large scale mining for all time,\u0022 said Reynolds.