EPA's Final Study Released: Pebble Mine Could Devastate Bristol Bay Salmon

In January 2014, the EPA released its final watershed assessment on the potential impacts of large scale mining on Alaska's Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

The science is complete, and it's definitive. There's simply no way to avoid severe impacts. Even under routine operation,

> 94 miles of salmon streams would be destroyed by the mine footprint (maximum size studied)
> 33 miles of streams would be harmed by altered flows, and
> polluted water from the mine site would enter streams

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Not surprisingly, Northern Dynasty, the company behind the proposed mine has questioned the science. Yet, the study has undergone a rigorous review process with two full rounds of peer review by a panel of twelve independent scientists. The EPA will rely heavily on the Final Bristol Bay watershed assessment in its 404(c) assessment.

To read the study, please go to the EPA website.

Public comment on the watershed assessment demonstrates overwhelming support for EPA action. Click here to see the results

TAKE ACTION to urge the EPA to take the next step to protect Bristol Bay!

Who has asked the EPA to initiate the 404c process?

Bristol Bay Native Tribes, Native Corporations and Commercial fishermen have petitioned the EPA to initiate the 404c process.

  • Bristol Bay Tribes
    • Nondalton Tribal Council
    • Koliganik Village Council
    • New Stuyahok Traditional Council
    • Ekwok Village Council
    • Curyung Tribal Council
    • Levelock Village Council
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation (created by Congress to represent the economic and cultural interests of Alaska Native people in Bristol Bay region; the largest land-owner in the Bristol Bay region representing almost 8,700 native shareholders)
  • Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association - representing nearly 2,000 Bristol Bay fishermen

Others who support the EPA 404c process and/or oppose the Pebble Mine specifically include:

Seafood Processors

  • Pacific Seafood Processors Association - representing Alaska's coastal seafood processing companies, including:
    • Alaska General Seafoods
    • Alyeska Seafoods, Inc.
    • Golden Alaska Seafoods, LLC
    • North Pacific Seafoods, Inc.
    • Peter Pan Seafoods, Inc.
    • Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership
    • Trident Seafoods Corporation
    • UniSea Inc.
    • Westward Seafoods, Inc.


  • Commercial Fisherman

    • United Fishermen of Alaska - representing the entire Alaska seafood industry.
    • Alaska Independent Fishermen's Marketing Association (AIFMA)
    • Naknek Family Fisheries
    • Leader Creek Fishery
    • Commercial Fishermen of America
    • United Catcher Boats
    • Red's Crest
    • Copper River Boats & Permits
    • Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations
    • Alaska Net & Supply
    • Greater Nushagack Setnetters Association
    • United Cook Inlet Drift Association


    • Seafood Industry and Supermarkets

      • Ahold USA representing 770 supermarkets
      • Wegmans


    • Alaska Sportfishing & Hunting Lodge businesses

      3 Rivers Fly& Tackle
      Wasilla, AK
      Blue Fly B&B and Guide Service
      King Salmon, AK
      Alagnak Lodge
      King Salmon, AK
      Blueberry Island Lodge
      Igiugig, AK
      Alaska Alpine Adventures
      Anchorage, AK
      Branch River Air Service
      King Salmon, AK
      Alaska Bear Guides
      Petersburg, AK
      Bristol Bay Adventures
      Dillingham, AK
      Alaska Fly Anglers, Inc.
      Soldotna, AK
      Bristol Bay Lodge
      Dillingham, AK
      Alaska Fly Fish
      Anchorage, AK
      Fishing Bear Lodge
      Dillingham, AK
      Alaska Fly Fishing Goods
      Juneau, AK
      Copper River Lodge
      Iliamna, AK
      Alaska Glacier Guides, Inc.
      Gustavus, AK
      Crystal Creek Lodge
      King Salmon, AK
      Alaska Wilderness Trips, Inc.
      Soldotna, AK
      Mission Creek Lodge
      Aleknagik, AK
      Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge
      Thorne Bay, AK
      Igiugig Lodge
      Igiugig, AK
      Alaska West
      Quinhagak, AK
      Kvichak Anglers
      Igiugig, AK
      Alaska’s Wild River Lodge
      Port Alsworth, AK
      Rapids Camp Lodge
      King Salmon, AK
      Alaska King Salmon Adventures
      Dillingham, AK
      Rainbow Bend Lodges
      King Salmon, AK
      Alaska Rainbow Lodge
      King Salmon, AK
      Reel Wilderness Adventures, Inc.
      Dillingham, AK
      Alaska Salmon Camp
      Dillingham, AK
      River King Outfitters
      Nushagak River, AK
      Alaska Sportsman’s Bear Trail Lodge
      King Salmon, AK
      Royal Coachman Lodge
      Dillingham, AK
      Alaska Trophy Fishing Safari
      Homer, AK
      The Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge
      Igiugig, AK
      Baranof Wilderness Lodge
      Sitka, AK
      Togiak River Outfitters
      Togiak, AK


    • Churches representing more than four million members

      • The Episcopal Church
      • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
      • National Council of Churches USA
      • Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness
      • United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
      • United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society


    • Sport fishing and hunting organizations

      • L.L. Bean
      • Woolrich
      • Orvis
      • Filson
      • Ex Officio
      • Sage
      • Simms


      • Investors representing $170 billion led by Trillium and Calvert Investments

        Almost 150 chefs, food writers and restaurant owners including:

        • Bon Appetit's Buzz Hufford
        • Sunset Magazine's Elaine Johnson
        • The Art of Food Master Chef Jeri Jackson


        Jewelry Retail companies

        Over 50 jewelry retail companies, representing over $5 billion in annual sales, have pledged not to source gold from Pebble Mine if it's developed because of threat to wild salmon fishery. 
        • TIffany & Co.
        • Zales
        • Birks & Mayors
        • Helzberg Diamonds
        • Fortunoff
        • Boucheron
        • Jostens
        • Ben Bridge
        • Herff Jones

      A full list is here: http://www.ourbristolbay.com/pledge-signee.html