Northern Dynasty’s proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska threatens the largest and most productive wild salmon fishery left on earth. The salmon fishery generates $2 billion in annual economic benefits, 15,000 jobs and feeds local communities and the world with a sustainable, healthy supply of wild salmon.
Although the Army Corps of Engineers rejected the mine’s permit, saying that it would cause “unavoidable adverse impacts” and it would be “contrary to the public interest,” Northern Dynasty has appealed the decision. It’s now clear that the company will fight to develop the Pebble Mine until lasting protections are in place—something we now have an opportunity to secure.
We need EPA leadership to use its Clean Water Act authority to stop large scale mining, including the Pebble Mine, by placing stringent limits against mine waste disposal in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed until Congress can establish permanent protections.