Protect the World’s Most Prolific Wild Salmon Runs

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A mining corporation wants to build a monstrous open pit copper-gold mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay—home to the largest and most productive wild salmon runs on Earth.

Mine waste from the proposed Pebble Mine would be so vast, it would fill 3,900 major football stadiums and cause irreversible harm to the salmon! Alaska Native Tribes, commercial fishermen, conservation groups, jewelers, supermarkets, electronics manufacturers, chefs, and outdoor outfitters have all asked the Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect the salmon.

Now the EPA has used that authority to propose a plan that places major restrictions on mine waste disposal in Bristol Bay’s rivers, streams, and wetlands.

Bristol Bay’s pristine streams are no place for toxic mine waste.

This is our last chance to officially tell the EPA to stop the Pebble Mine— act now!

Take action: Urge the Obama administration to protect Bristol Bay and finalize the proposed mine waste disposal restrictions as soon as possible.

To: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, CEQ Chair Michael Boots, and President Obama

We support the EPA’s proposed determination for Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. Alaska’s Bristol Bay supports the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery, and it generates 14,000 jobs and $480 million in annual revenue.

The science is clear. The proposed Pebble Mine would cause irreversible harm to the fishery and the Alaska Native cultures, commercial fishermen, and wildlife that rely on it.

Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed is an economic engine and an area of unparalleled ecological value. It deserves rigorous protection to provide for the long-term health and sustainability of the fishery.

We urge you to finalize the proposed determination as quickly as possible and protect the world’s most productive wild salmon fishery.


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