Pebble Mine

Bristol Bay’s unimpaired watersheds and wild, sustainable, commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries represent an extraordinarily rare resource of national and global importance. The best available science must  be considered in all levels of environmental review and permitting for Pebble Mine, a project whose potential scope is so vast that would forever alter the watershed and the fisheries resources that rely on it, including the extraordinarily prolific, sustainable, all-wild Bristol Bay salmon fisheries.

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AFS Commends EPA Veto of Pebble Mine Project to Protect Bristol Bay Salmon Fisheries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2023 Contact: Drue Winters [email protected] AFS Commends EPA Veto of Pebble Mine Project to Protect Bristol Bay Salmon Fisheries The American Fisheries Society commends the EPA’s use of its authority under section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act to safeguard Bristol Bay’s, sustainable wild salmon and the pristine habitat they thrive […]

AFS Supports EPA Restrictions on Pebble Mine

September 6, 2022 Mr. Michael S. Regan Administrator Environmental Protection Agency Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20460 via Re: Proposed determination to restrict the use of certain waters in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed as disposal sites for discharge of dredged or fill material in association with mining the Pebble deposit; […]

AFS, Western Division, and the Alaska Chapter Submit Joint Pebble Mine Comments

The American Fisheries Society, the Western Division of AFS, and the AFS Alaska Chapter submitted a joint comment letter this week to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Pebble Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The comments note that impacts and risks to fish and their habitats are underestimated and are not supported […]

Army Corps Extends Pebble Comment Period

The Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period on its pending environmental analysis for the proposed Pebble mine. The comment deadline is now July 1, offering an additional 30 days.

Pebble Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement Open for Comment March 1

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Pebble Project. The Draft EIS is intended to disclose the likely impacts from the proposed project and to offer the public, tribes, and governmental agencies a chance to review and comment. The Draft EIS is available for […]

USACE Extends Pebble Mine EIS Scoping Period through June 29

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking input on the appropriate contents of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Pebble Mine project and has extended the deadline to submit comments to June 29, 2018. The objective of the scoping is to identify specific elements of the environment that might be affected by the Pebble […]

Pebble Mine: Stakeholder Concerns over Fisheries Impacts Sway EPA

After hearing directly from stakeholders and the people of Alaska, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is suspending its process to withdraw the proposed restrictions on Pebble Mine. This decision would leave the restrictions in place while the agency receives more information on the potential mine’s impact.  In a statement released on January 26, the agency said, […]

AFS Objects to EPA’s Withdrawal of Pebble Mine Determination

UPDATE: The Pebble Limited Partnership has filed its permit application with the Corps of Engineers which has determined that it will conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to comply with its NEPA review of the project. The lengthy process requires that a comprehensive “alternatives assessment” be undertaken to consider a broad range of development alternatives […]

EPA Seeking Public Comment on Withdrawal of Clean Water Act Determination for Pebble Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to withdraw a July 2014 Clean Water Act 404(c) Proposed Determination that would have, if finalized, imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with mining the Pebble Deposit in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act allows the EPA to restrict, […]

AFS Policy Letters and Statements Related to Pebble Mine

AFS Policy Letter 2014 on Pebble Mine and Failure of Mount Polley Dam – Comments to USEPA Region X AFS Policy Statement on Mining and Fossil Fuel Extraction Revised 2016  

BRISTOL BAY: Watchdog clears EPA of bias in Pebble study

Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 U.S. EPA’s internal watchdog has cleared the agency of harboring any bias when conducting its controversial assessment of potential large-scale mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. The report, approved by EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins and released today, said the agency went by the book, following the […]