2012

05 June 2012

Upcoming EPA Public Meeting - Naknek

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 Naknek on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. in the Naknek School Auditorium.

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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Upcoming EPA Public Meeting - Dillingham

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 Dillingham on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in the Dillingham Middle School Gymnasium at 11:30 am.

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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04 June 2012

EPA public Watershed Assessment meetings this week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to hold public meetings during the first week in June to get input on its draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. Specific times and dates will be announced when available.

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Upcoming EPA Public Meeting

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 Anchorage on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the University of Alaska, Wendy Williamson Auditoriam at 5:30 pm.

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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03 June 2012

Explore the draft Watershed Assessment with a new Pebble Watch overview

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

Readers who have not had a chance to read the entire U.S. EPA Bristol Bay Draft Watershed Assessment might want to start with the new Pebble Watch Explores overview of the document. The special 8-page report provides highlights from each chapter, as well as information on giving public comment.

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01 June 2012

EPA watershed assessment public meeting draws big crowd in Seattle

The Environmental Protection Agency held its first public meeting in Seattle May 31, taking comments on the draft watershed assessment. Here are links to some of the media coverage.

EPA hears comments on Bristol Bay mine-proposal study (May 31, The Seattle Times)

A draft study about the possible effects of mine development on salmon fisheries in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska was the topic of an Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Seattle on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

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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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