Anna Aurilio,
Environment America

EPA takes steps to Protect Bristol Bay from Copper Mining

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiated a process under the Clean Water Act to identify appropriate options to protect the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine. Anna Aurilio, director of Environment America’s D.C. office, issued the following statement in response:

“We are thrilled that EPA is moving to protect the priceless watersheds around Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that depend on pristine rivers from open pit copper mining. This area is a national treasure that should not be threatened with toxic mining wastes.”