Stop Trump's Attack on Alaska Salmon Rivers

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Acting Administrator EPA Region 10 Michelle Pirzadeh

President Trump and his fossil fuel buddy Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency are teaming up to destroy the world's most productive salmon ecosystem in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Despite decades of protest from local fisheries and Native communities, the Trump administration is trying to greenlight the catastrophic Pebble mine project that would dig a pit the size of the Grand Canyon in a pristine watershed to extract minerals.

We need your help. The EPA is asking for public input on this destructive project. Speak up now and tell the Trump administration to stop its attack on Bristol Bay.

We only have until October 17 to make our voices heard.

PERSONALIZED COMMENTS ARE CRITICAL IN THIS PROCESS. If you live in Alaska, please mention this in the comments section.

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To: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Acting Administrator EPA Region 10 Michelle Pirzadeh
From: [Your Name]

I strongly oppose greenlighting the proposed Pebble mine, which your own agency determined would cause great harm to Bristol Bay’s world-renowned salmon runs, local fishery, and Native communities.

Home to the most productive salmon ecosystem in the world, Bristol Bay's wild salmon fishery supports 14,000 American jobs and is valued at more than $1.5 billion annually.

After years of rigorous study, the EPA proposed science-based restrictions on the dangerous Pebble mine. If approved, the mine would be the largest open pit ever constructed in North America and generate billions of tons of dangerous waste, including antimony, arsenic, copper, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, zinc, and sulfate.

To store this waste, miles of dams reaching up to 740 feet high (that’s taller than the Hoover Dam) would be needed. The region’s seismic activity and extreme weather conditions could trigger catastrophic dam failures.

I am outraged that you plan to reverse course and cut a deal with Northern Dynasty Minerals against the will of nearly two-thirds of Alaskans, 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents and Native communities, and 85 percent of commercial fishermen.

For over 16 years, Alaska Native Tribes and commercial fishing business owners have been advocating against this toxic mega-mine. The EPA itself has hosted dozens of community meetings and conducted a twice peer-reviewed scientific assessment of the potential impacts to the region. In addition, more than 1.5 million Americans wrote to the EPA asking for strong protections for Bristol Bay.

The mining company has said it will introduce plans for a smaller mine. But whatever size, pebble mine’s infrastructure would include a network of roads, pipelines, a port, and an energy-generating station.

Once established, this infrastructure could lead to the development of a mining district many times larger than the original Pebble mine lease with devastating consequences for the Bristol Bay watershed and local people.

I urge you to listen to the voices of local communities and businesses, joined by hundreds of thousands of people in Alaska and across the United States who oppose this dangerous mega-mine.

Don’t put the interests of a foreign mining company above thousands of American jobs and keep the EPA’s Clean Water Act protections for Bristol Bay in place.