Cantwell Statement on Pebble Mine
Sunday, January 19, 2014 1:16 pm
after the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final watershed assessment found that the Pebble Mine development would negatively impact sockeye salmon populations in Bristol Bay, Alaska. These negative impacts would threaten salmon, and the thousands of Washington state and Alaska jobs which depend on Bristol Bay sockeye.
“EPA’s scientific assessment is clear: the proposed Pebble Mine poses a direct threat to Bristol Bay salmon and the Pacific Northwest jobs that depend on them,” Cantwell said. “This report provides definitive evidence detailing the devastating impacts the Pebble Mine would have on the Northwest maritime economy. The future of Bristol Bay must be determined by science, not politics. And the science clearly shows that the mine would damage up to 94 miles of salmon streams and up to 5,300 acres of wetlands.
“I will continue to fight to protect Washington fishing jobs, clean water and the way of life for Native populations. That’s why I urge the EPA to move forward and use its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay salmon, and the Northwest fishing economy that depends on them.”