Don’t Allow Mine to Dump Toxic Waste Into Water

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goal: Do not allow mine to proceed with operations which would pollute sensitive waterways and wetlands.

Alaska’s proposed Pebble Partnership mine has been met with controversy ever since its owner, Canadian firm Northern Dynasty, had announced it intended to pursue extensive mining near Anchorage for gold and copper. After the Obama-era Clean Water Act in 2014 placed restrictions which prevented the mine from proceeding, many environmentalists and tribal groups had breathed a sigh of relief. Now, the EPA is looking to lift these restrictions, which could give the Pebble Project the green light it has been seeking.

The mine, which would produce and dump vast amounts of toxic waste into waterways, could endanger the wild salmon fisheries of Bristol Bay, which are regarded as some of the most important in the state. Thousands of acres of wetlands could be destroyed in the process as well, putting hundreds of Alaskan wildlife species such as bears and moose at risk.

We cannot allow the EPA to further weaken environmental protections in delicate ecosystems such as the Bristol Bay watershed. Sign this petition to demand that Scott Pruitt keep the existing restrictions in place so that this mine cannot cause irreparable harm to the environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Pruitt,

The Pebble Partnership mine is a bad deal for Alaskans and Americans as a whole. Not only would the waste produced by the project jeopardize one of the state’s largest wild salmon fisheries, it would also likely destroy thousands of acres of wetlands that so many wildlife species and people depend on.

This mine must never be allowed to catastrophically alter the landscape of southwestern Alaska. For the sake of both wildlife and the economy, we demand that you leave the Clean Water Act restrictions in place.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: William Baxter

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4 Comments

  1. Sugandha N. says:

    Uhh, I think most would agree that we (including animals) would like water to drink that is free from pollution.

  2. Pruritt doe your job and protect the watersheds in our country!

    • Sugandha N. says:

      I agree, Pruritt needs to start doing his job. He should start working for the people, not for special interests.

  3. Polluting water can take place literally in a heart beat, but to correct it, cleanse it, can take decades – if ever.
    Please use your knowledge and intelligence.

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