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Alaska’s Bristol Bay is home to some of the most abundant wild salmon populations found anywhere in the world, a billion-dollar fishing industry, and Native communities that have thrived on the salmon for millennia. However, all this could be destroyed.

The lead agency reviewing the key federal permit for the proposed Pebble Mine has released a rushed draft review of the mine’s potential environmental impacts. This review is the most important document in the process that could lead to a massive, dangerous mine at the headwaters of a region producing over half of the world’s wild sockeye salmon.

In the midst of the fertile network of wetlands and streams that supplies this spectacular bay, developers have proposed a massive open-pit mine. Construction alone would destroy thousands of acres of salmon habitat, and the mine would ultimately need to manage 11.8 billion gallons of contaminated water per year — an absolutely unprecedented amount within the United States. The plan for doing so has never been tested, and the cost of any failure will be to dump toxic wastewater into the very heart of this rich salmon ecosystem.

The Bristol Bay watershed is worth fighting for. It’s a sustainable economic powerhouse for local communities and the lifeblood of Alaska Native cultures there. Now is the time to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect Bristol Bay and oppose the dangerous and irresponsible Pebble Mine!

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This is an official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers comment period regarding the Pebble Mine Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The Draft EIS is intended to disclose the likely impacts from the proposed project and to offer the public, tribes, and governmental agencies a chance to review and comment. The Final EIS will address all substantive comments on the Draft EIS and is estimated to be released in early 2020. You can get more information on Pebble Project EIS page.
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LEARN MORE: Alaska’s Bristol Bay & The Pebble Mine


RE: Proposed Pebble Mine Project (POA2017271)

To U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

The proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska must not be built. It would have serious negative impacts on people, waterways, and our shared economy, and these issues have not been adequately addressed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Please select the "no action" alternative and reject its permit.

Alaska's Bristol Bay region boasts one of the country's last thriving economies fueled by wild salmon. It's home to world-class fisheries that support thousands of American jobs and a flourishing tourism industry that attracts anglers and hunters from around the world. The DEIS shows that Pebble's initial proposal, which would access just 1/8th of the total Pebble mineral deposit, would destroy more than 3,500 acres of wetlands and roughly 80 miles of stream. Based on Pebble's own statements we know their long-term plan is to expand and mine the full deposit.

The proposed Pebble Mine poses a significant and unacceptable risk to the water, salmon, and fish-based industries of the region. It will likely destroy critical cultural heritage of Alaska Natives, as well as a key food supply they have relied on for millennia. The Corps' analysis is rushed, especially in comparison with other large mining projects. It fails to account properly for the economic feasibility of the project, the impacts from inevitable future expansion, the risk of a catastrophic tailings dam failure, the groundwater management and mitigation that will be necessary in perpetuity, or the loss of perhaps the world's most valuable remaining wild salmon fishery.

There is no other sensible alternative than to reject Pebble's application.

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