Monday, September 12, 2011

Cantwell Stands Up for Bristol Bay

Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell announced today that she has asked the EPA to use provisions the Clean Water Act, if necessary, to stop the development of Pebble Mine. The mine which could be one of the largest open pit mines in the world would be cited in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers which drain into Bristol Bay. Fully half of the worlds sockeye harvest comes from Bristol Bay and opponents of the mine which include local native groups, commercial fishermen, sports fishing groups, and environmental groups say the mine would have potentially catastrophic impact on the health of the watershed. The EPA is currently undertaking a thorough scientific review which will examine the potential impacts of the mine on the Bristol Bay. More information in the Seattle Times:

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