Written by Claire Morgenstern, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
The EPA has just released its latest scientific findings on large-scale mining in Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay. And once again, it has determined that building a mine like the proposed Pebble Mine would be devastating for the spectacular wilderness, wildlife and people of Bristol Bay.
Enough is enough. It’s time to demand that the EPA take decisive action and finally reject the Pebble Mine.
If you’re just tuning in, here’s what you need to know about this toxic mega-mine: It would be gouged out of an American paradise that is home to an astonishing array of wildlife and has sustained Native communities for thousands of years. It would threaten a world-class salmon fishery that provides 14,000 jobs and generates $1.5 billion per year. It would spew 10 billion tons of toxic mining waste — 3,000 pounds for every man, woman and child on Earth. And it would turn one of our nation’s last and greatest wild places into an industrial dead zone.
Fishermen, business owners and residents of Bristol Bay are united against this threat to their home and livelihoods (read some of their stories here). Yet the global mining giants behind this disastrous project just keep bulldozing ahead with plans.
The EPA has produced all the scientific evidence it needs to stop this mine. What’s more, it has the clear authority under the Clean Water Act to do so. Now it needs to turn its findings into action.
The agency is now inviting the public to send comments until June 30 so NRDC and our partners are aiming to flood them with 500,000 anti-Pebble messages in the next 30 days. Do your part by sending your message to EPA right now.
Take Action Now: Tell the EPA to act on its findings and stop the Pebble Mine!