The petition to the Environmental Protection Agency reads:
“The proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska would unleash billions of tons of toxic waste and cause an irreversible environmental catastrophe. Keep the Bristol Bay Proposed Determination in place and protect the environment, jobs, the region’s economy and this fragile ecosystem.”
The world’s largest salmon fishery is again under threat of massive amounts of toxic mining waste – and this time our own government is behind it.
In a reversal of Obama administration efforts, climate change denier Scott Pruitt and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have given a Canadian company the green light to begin construction on the Pebble Mine in Alaska, which would be one of largest open-pit gold and copper mines in the world.
Industrial polluters, Republicans in Congress and now the Trump administration are pushing for this unmitigated disaster that could destroy the pristine Bristol Bay watershed along with its jobs, economy and wildlife. We must demand that the EPA stop this reckless corporate assault on our environment.
Salmon from Bristol Bay are the lifeblood of this Alaska region, providing half of the world’s sockeye and generating roughly 14,000 jobs and a half billion a year in annual revenue. Native Alaskans have relied on Bristol Bay salmon for their subsistence and livelihoods for centuries.1
But all of that is now at risk because greedy corporate profiteers and our own EPA could cause an irreversible environmental catastrophe. In a backroom deal struck with Northern Dynasty, the owner of the Pebble Mine project, Scott Pruitt agreed to settle previous lawsuits regarding the mine, abandoned Obama-era regulatory plans and encouraged the company to apply for new permits to begin operations.2
The public has overwhelmingly rejected the Pebble Mine project. More than 65 percent of all Alaskans, 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents – including Native people – and 85 percent of commercial fisherman strongly oppose the Pebble mine.3,4,5 Over 1.5 million people — including 100,000 CREDO members – have let the EPA know that the Pebble Mine is absolutely unacceptable.
We won a huge victory a few years ago to stop the Pebble Mine, but now Trump is on the verge of reversing it. We must take action now to protect the Bristol Bay and its watershed from toxic mining pollution for good.
Tell the EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine now. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Thanks for all you do.
Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
- Earthworks, “Alaska | Bristol Bay: Northern Dynasty Minerals,” accessed June 12, 2017.
- Alan Pyke, “Trump’s EPA stabs Alaskans in the back with mining reversal,” ThinkProgress, May 12, 2017.
- Ballotpedia, “Alaska Bristol Bay Mining Ban, Ballot Measure 4 (2014),” accessed June 12, 2017.
- Hellenthal and Associates, “Bristol Bay and Lake Peninsula Boroughs Pebble Mine Survey,” Oct. 17, 2014.
- Craciun Research, “A Report for Alaska Conservation Foundation on Bristol Bay Fishers,” June 20, 2011.