25 July 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available public comments submitted on its draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. More than 208,000 individuals from within and outside the United States submitted comments. The majority of comments consisted of duplicate letters sent by individuals in mass mailing campaigns organized by advocacy groups. EPA also received 3,657 individual comments, as well as oral testimony taken during public hearings.
Each comment is available in PDF format; a list of all comments can be downloaded in spreadsheet format.
Comments from individuals who spoke at public hearings in June 2012 are included in transcripts from each meeting.
Additional transcripts from five other public hearings in Alaska are still being processed by the EPA and will be available online at a later date.
Next steps: The EPA Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment peer review panel will be meeting in Anchorage from August 7-9. Individuals who signed up in advance may attend and make comments on August 7 and may observe proceedings on August 8. Meetings are closed to the public on August 9.
Need more info? Visit EPA's Bristol Bay website.
23 July 2012
Today is the deadline for submitting public comment on the draft scientific study of the Bristol Bay Watershed and its natural resources.
There are several ways to submit your comments:
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
For additional information, including links to the Watershed Assessment itself, please visit http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ECOCOMM.NSF/bristol+bay/bristolbay or the Pebble Watch Website at http://www.pebblewatch.com.
The PBS public affairs series Frontline turns its focus this week to the controversial issue of mining at Pebble and the potential risks to fishing in Bristol Bay. Read the PBS Frontline report, "Treasure Hunt: The Battle Over Alaska's Mega Mine," then watch "Alaska Gold," schedule to air Tuesday, July 24, on PBS stations. Both pieces detail the controversial issue of mining at Pebble vs. fishing in Bristol Bay.
Frontline travels to Alaska to "investigate the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble, and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome."
See the trailer for Alaska Gold. Air times on KAKM (Check your local listings for other stations and times).:
20 July 2012
Monday, July 23, is the final day to submit comments on EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. It is also the deadline to sign up to observe or comment during meetings held by the EPA's peer review team.
19 July 2012
Pebble Watch explores the connection between Bristol Bay cultures, fish and water, and lists potential risks of large-scale copper mining to the Bristol Bay fishery.
17 July 2012
Register to see an online presentation about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment. The overview was presented at the public meetings held in Alaska communities in June. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the document if you were not able to attend a meeting, or if you are still drafting comments on the assessment.
Register by July 23 for August EPA meetings
Interested in commenting or observing at the peer review meetings for the EPA's Bristol Bay watershed assessment? They will take place in Anchorage from August 7-9, but you must register by July 23.
The panel will review the scientific and technical merits of the draft EPA Bristol Bay watershed assessment. The public may comment on Tuesday, August 7, and observe on Wednesday, August 8.
Submit comments on the watershed assessment
16 July 2012
The July 2012 Pebble Watch newsletter is now available online. This issue features an article describing Bristol Bay cultures and their connections with salmon and water. Readers will find a list of risk factors associated with large-scale copper mining and a simple guide to documents related to development of the proposed Pebble mine.
13 July 2012
Former CBS reporter Dan Rather reports on the Pebble mine debate in the Bristol Bay region. Seen exclusively on Yahoo.com, the video report, titled "Red Gold," shows interviews with local residents on both sides of the issue. Residents interviewed were from Egegik, Iliamna, Nondalton and Port Alsworth. The written story that accompanies the video focuses on Glen Alsworth Sr., chairman of the Lake and Peninsula Borough, commercial pilot and business owner in the area.
11 July 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting two webinars to give an overview of the draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment. This overview was presented at the public meetings held in Anchorage, Dillingham, Seattle and other Bristol Bay communities in June. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the document if you were not able to attend a meeting, or if you are still drafting comments on the assessment.
EPA also will go over the ways that you can send in your comments to EPA before the July 23 deadline. For more information: www.epa.gov/bristolbay.
10 July 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set Monday, July 23 as a final deadline for submitting written comments on its draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment and for signing up to participate in peer review panel meetings set for August.
Sign up to observe or comment during peer review panel proceedings
A 12-member peer review panel will meet in Anchorage on August 7-9 to review the scientific and technical merits of the draft EPA Bristol Bay watershed assessment. The public is welcome to participate on Tuesday, August 7 and observe on Wednesday, August 8, but individuals must sign up to do so by Monday, July 23.
Submit comments on the watershed assessment