24 September 2012

EPA Peer Review report expected soon

A report from the peer review panel that evaluated EPA's draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment is expected to become available to the public this week, according to Judy Smith, community involvement coordinator for EPA's Region 10.

The peer review panel met in Anchorage in August, listened to public comments and discussed the watershed assessment in both open and closed meetings.

Pebble Watch will post a link to the report when it becomes available.

Read about day one of the peer review team meeting, when members of the public addressed the panel

Read about day two of the peer review team meeting, when the panel discussed the watershed assessment

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News roundup, Sept. 24

Here is the latest news on the proposed Pebble mine and the Bristol Bay area.

Panelists to review science surrounding Pebble mine (Associated Press, via Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 24)

The heated battle over the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska is shifting to science, with panels weighing in on different reports that have only added more fuel to the fight. See the full story.

Pebble: Judge says Alaska must revise Bristol Bay land-use changes (Alaska Dispatch, Sept. 21)

An agreement recently approved by a judge will require the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to revise its land-use plan for Bristol Bay. The settlement ends a 2009 lawsuit filed by Trout Unlimited, area Native tribes and fishermen against the state, in opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine. See the full story.

Pebble mine’s problems underline environmental tensions in Alaska (Mining Weekly, Sept. 14)

Mining companies small and large are bringing their primary exploration and development campaigns to a close. Environmental scrutiny from various lobby groups, nongovernment organizations and government departments has never been more stringent. At times the debate can become heated. See the full story.

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