ANCHORAGE, AK - Today, a memo was released by EPA General Counsel directing its Region 10 office to resume the withdrawal process for the 2014 proposed determination, which added upfront protections for the rich natural resources of the Bristol Bay region from threatening mining proposals like the Pebble Mine.
In response to the introduction of an appropriations amendment by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Trout Unlimited issued the following statements:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement today concerning the current Bristol Bay mining plan proposed by Pebble Limited Partnership. Along with 3,000-plus-pages of documents, the Corps of Engineers announced it will open a 90-day public comment period, beginning March 1, to collect input.
ANCHORAGE, AK - Trout Unlimited was sharply critical of a memo from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, released today, in which he formally asked the EPA’s water office to propose a regulation limiting the Agency's existing Clean Water Act 404(c) authority to block permits for highly destructive projects, such as the proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska, under certain circumstances.
ANCHORAGE, AK – This morning, Northern Dynasty Minerals, the company backing the proposed Pebble mine, and potential financial backer, First Quantum Minerals, announced the two were "unable to reach agreement," and have terminated their framework agreement. The announcement means Northern Dynasty is left once again as the sole backer of the mine proposal, with four failed attempts to gain financial partnership. Hunters and anglers, tribes, commercial fishing organizations and concerned Alaskans had repeatedly called for First Quantum Minerals to abandon the partnership agreement since it was announced in December 2017.