EPA exercises its right under the Clear Water Act and vetoes a mining project in Alaska that’s detrimental to the salmon and indigenous communities.
The Environmental Protection Agency blocked Pebble Mine, a mining project that caused concerns over adverse effects on salmon in Alaska, especially Bristol Bay.
According to CNN, this would have become North America’s largest copper, gold, and molybdenum extraction site. EPA doesn’t often use its authority granted by the Clean Water ACT. This is only the 14th time the EPA has exercised this authority.
Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and 25 indigenous communities which rely on salmon for substance.
The ban also refers to future proposals to construct a mine with the same or higher levels of danger for animals or aquatic resources.
Their decision has been opposed by several state officials, including the Republican Alaska Governor, Mike Dunleavy, and several Alaska officials as well.
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