May 2012

31 May 2012

Upcoming EPA Public Meeting - Seattle

The EPA released for public comment a draft scientific study of the Bristol Bay Watershed and its natural resources. A public meeting will be held in Seattle on Thursday, May 31, at 2:00 p.m. at the Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Street.

There are several ways to submit your comments:

  1. Submit them online at regulations.gov, follow the online instructions for submitting comments to Docket # EPA-HQ-ORD-2012-0276.
  2. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; include docket #EPA-HQ-ORD-2012-0276 in the subject line of the email.
  3. Fax them to: 202-566-1753; include the docket # EPA-HQ-ORD-2012-0276 in the subject line of the fax.
  4. Send a letter to the EPA Bristol Bay docket at:
Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket (Mail Code: 2822T)
Docket # EPA-HQ-ORD-2012-0276
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

5.   Comment at a public meeting during the week of June 4-7, 2012.

Public Comments will be accepted on the draft watershed assessment through July 23, 2012. Make a request to accomodate language or other special needs by contacting Judy Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), 503-326-6994. For additional information please visit http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ECOCOMM.NSF/bristol+bay/bristolbay or the Pebble Watch Website at http://www.pebblewatch.com.

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30 May 2012

EPA watershed assessment

The rundown on the U.S. EPA Bristol Bay watershed assessment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has written a draft scientific assessment of Bristol Bay's Nushagak and Kvichak watersheds, focusing on the ecological impact large-scale mining development could have on the area.

Here is a two-page overview of the document: What it is, why it's important and tips for how you can get involved in the process.

Click here to download a PDF of this Pebble Watch Explores fact sheet.

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EPA watershed assessment: Public meetings

Seattle hearing on impact of proposed Alaska mine (May 29, The Associated Press, via the Seattle Times)

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding one of its hearings on a proposed Alaska mine in Seattle to give fishermen a chance to comment in person. Sen. Maria Cantwell requested Thursday's hearing because she says fishermen would be affected if the Pebble Mine damages the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

Read the full story here.

The Seattle meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at the Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Ave.

Several others are scheduled for Alaska venues. To see the full list of upcoming public meetings, go to the EPA website.

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Special Edition: Draft Watershed Assessment

Your guide to the U.S. EPA Bristol Bay Draft Watershed Assessment

Pebble Watch Explores presents a special 8-page edition, "Your guide to the U.S. EPA Bristol Bay Draft Watershed Assessment." The guide presents a chapter by chapter overview, as well as information on how to give public input on the document.

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28 May 2012

BBNC Holiday

BBNC office will be closed on Memorial Day

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BBNC Holiday

The BBNC office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

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26 May 2012

EPA Watershed Assessment

Pebble Watch Explores the U.S. EPA Bristol Bay Draft Watershed Assessment in this title, giving an overview of what it is, how it relates to development of the Pebble mine, and how readers can give public input on the document.

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25 May 2012

EPA watershed assessment: Public meeting dates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment page with updated public input meeting dates, times and locations. Visit this page for the latest news, as well as a link to the complete draft of the Watershed Assessment, which was released to the public on May 18, 2012. Public input on the assessment will be taken until July 23, 2012.

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23 May 2012

Pebble news updates

EPA report ‘pure hubris,' says Northern Dynasty CEO as shares capitulate (May 23, Creamer Media's Mining Weekly)

Shares in Northern Dynasty dropped like a stone on Tuesday, after a US government draft environmental report raised concerns about the contentious Pebble copper project in Alaska, of which it owns half. The publication had a damaging effect on Northern Dynasty's share price on Tuesday, when the TSX opened following the Victoria Day long weekend. Its stock dropped 34.7% to end the day at C$2.60 - the lowest level since November 2008.

See the full story here.

Also, Pebble Watch received the following notice from The Keystone Center, a nonprofit organization. Click "Read More" to see the notice in full:

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21 May 2012

Pebble news roundup: May 21

The Environmental Protection Agency's May 18 release of its draft "external review" of the Bristol Bay watershed and potential impacts of large-scale mining development on the world's last remaining large wild salmon fishery, other wildlife and Alaska Native culture rocketed through U.S. media outlets. The Associated Press's reporting of the study's preliminary finding was posted on several Alaska media sites, as well as blog sites for various environmental groups. It also was posted on the websites of the major media groups around the country, including the Washington Post and the MSNBC news. We've posted some links.

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