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U.S. EPA blocks Bristol Bay, gold mine in Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC. — The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced their final determination Jan. 30 to approve permanent Clean Water Act protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, blocking the Pebble Mine proposal, after a 12 year-long battle.

Bristol Bay is one of the most productive salmon runs in the world; 40-60 million salmon return to the watershed every year.

The Pebble Mine proposal, which would have extracted gold, copper and molybdenum located in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers, two of the eight major rivers that feed Bristol Bay, threatened irreparable harm...


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