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For Immediate Release

Brendan McLaughlin, 206.892.8832,

Statement on EPA's Bristol Bay Protection Proposal



Today the Environmental Protection Agency' Region 10 submitted a Recommended Determination to EPA Headquarters, which will place limits on mine waste disposal in rivers, streams, and wetlands within the Bristol Bay watershed to protect the Bristol Bay salmon fishery from the proposed Pebble mine. EPA Headquarters will next make a Final Determination on the matter. Across the region and across Alaska, large majorities of the public want action to provide enduring protections for Bristol Bay. The EPA has the opportunity to do that by getting durable protections over the finish line by the end of the year.

Below is a statement from Bonnie Gestring, Earthworks' Northwest Program Director.

"We are glad to see the Environmental Protection Agency take this important step forward in the fight to permanently protect Bristol Bay, its economy, its salmon, and its people from the dangerous and destructive Pebble Mine.

"We can't afford to lose any more time to the uncertainty that has hung over Bristol Bay communities for years. We urge the Biden administration to finish the job of providing lasting protection for Bristol Bay by the end of the year, and fulfill their commitment to the people of Alaska."

Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.

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