Calling the bay an “Alaskan treasure,” the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement it has asked a federal court to allow for Clean Water Act protections for parts of the bay. If the court agrees, the agency could move forward with designing long-term protections for the bay.
“The Bristol Bay Watershed is an Alaskan treasure that underscores the critical value of clean water in America,” EPA administrator Michael Regan said in a statement.
Regan continued: “Today’s announcement reinforces once again EPA’s commitment to making science-based decisions to protect our natural environment. What’s at stake is preventing pollution that would disproportionately impact Alaska Natives, and protecting a sustainable future for the most productive salmon fishery in North America.”
The announcement marks the latest major setback to the Pebble Mine project, which would be the largest extraction site in North America. For some two decades, the proposal for…