Commend Agency for Warning Against Irresponsible Mining


Target:  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Goal: Commend the Environmental Protection Agency for its science based report which warns of the dangers of large scale mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a report that outlines the devastating impacts large-scale mining would have on the sensitive Bristol Bay area of Alaska. The report estimates 94 miles of rivers and streams and 5,000 acres of wetlands which provide critical habitat for salmon runs would be destroyed. These salmon comprise the world’s largest and most lucrative fishery and are essential to the economy of Alaska. This science based research conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency will be crucial in preventing irresponsible mining projects such as the Pebble Mine currently being planned by Northern Dynasty Minerals. The EPA deserves our praise and encouragement for its efforts in highlighting the consequences of the reckless mining endeavor being advocated by Northern Dynasty Minerals.

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is a pristine wilderness that provides habitat for many species. Its salmon fishery is estimated to earn about 1.5 billion dollars annually, providing many jobs for Alaskans. The recent report by the EPA demonstrates the extent to which a mining project such as Pebble Mine would compromise this gem of nature that is also so economically important to the citizens of Alaska. It uses hard science to illustrate the long-term effects that this project, undertaken for the short-term gain of a large corporation, would have on the environment upon which so many people depend.

Northern Dynasty Minerals seeks to devastate the landscape with an enormous open pit mine, leaving toxic mining bi-products to foul pristine rivers and streams. The EPA has done its job well in demonstrating the effect this would have on the local environment, and consequently to the people that depend on the environment for their livelihoods. It is important that we let the Environmental Protection Agency know that its efforts to protect Bristol Bay and the Alaskan salmon fishery are appreciated as it faces political backlash from corporate interests that seek to exploit Bristol Bay at any cost.


Dear EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy:

I am pleased to learn about the recent report issued by the EPA which outlines the devastating impacts that large scale mining would have on the sensitive Bristol Bay area of Alaska. It is important that the public be informed and protected from unscrupulous corporations such as Northern Dynasty Minerals that are ready to destroy such a pristine environment in order to make a profit.

The information contained in this report will help guide out citizens and government to make the right decision regarding whether to allow proposed projects such as Pebble Mine to move forward. I urge to the EPA continue to work to provide information to the public based on science so that we may protect public resources like Bristol Bay and its salmon fishery from private interests that seek to destroy it for financial gain.


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Photo credit: AlaskaTrekker Kamal via Wikimedia Commons

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