EPA Science: Mining may destroy Waters and Subsistence Areas in Bristol Bay Watershed
Today, the EPA Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment was released, after one of the most extensive scientific examinations ever undertaken by EPA. The Assessment concludes that the development of a mine at the Pebble deposit would result in the destruction or modification of streams, wetlands, and ponds. In addition, because the Alaska Native cultures in the Bristol Bay watershed have significant ties to specific land and water resources that have evolved over thousands of years, it is not possible to replace the value of any subsistence use areas lost to mine operations. Read the Final Risk Assessment here.