Protect the World’s Greatest Wild Salmon Fishery—Stop the Pebble Mine!

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Year after year, millions of wild salmon return to Bristol Bay. It provides 14,000 jobs for hard-working fishermen, sustains the Alaska Native people, and provides food for Alaska’s bears, beluga whales, and other wildlife. 

In the heart of Alaska Bristol Bay, a Canadian company, Northern Dynasty, wants to build the Pebble gold and copper mine, which would be the largest open pit mine in North America—generating up to 10 billion tons of toxic mine waste and destroying salmon streams. 

A scientific study by the Environmental Protection Agency demonstrates that mining the Pebble deposit would have severe and lasting impacts on Bristol Bay salmon. 

The EPA has the authority under Section 404c of the Clean Water Act to protect the fishery by prohibiting the disposal of mine waste in the pristine waters of the Bristol Bay watershed.

TAKE ACTION: Urge the EPA and President Obama to act now to protect the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery.

To: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama

I urge the EPA to initiate the 404c process to prohibit the disposal of mine waste in the pristine waters of the Bristol Bay watershed. Bristol Bay supports the world’s largest remaining wild salmon fishery. It is the economic engine for the region, supplying some 14,000 jobs and generating an estimated $480 million in annual revenue.  

The science is clear. The final Bristol Bay watershed assessment demonstrates that mining the Pebble deposit will harm salmon and salmon habitat. It will have severe and lasting consequences for the sustainability of this important fishery—and all the people and businesses that rely on it. 

There is overwhelming public support for using EPA authority under Section 404c to protect the Bristol Bay fishery, including from Alaska Native tribes, commercial fishermen, retail jewelry companies, restaurants, chefs, churches, investors, conservation groups, and leaders of the electronics industry.   

Once again, I urge the EPA to take immediate action to initiate Section 404c of the Clean Water Act to protect the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery, the Alaska Native cultures who rely on the wild salmon, and 14,000 jobs! 


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