Existing local, state and federal regulations, proposed legislation, and public initiatives can have an impact on the development of the proposed Pebble mine. Some laws, like the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), have been on the books for decades. Others, like the Alaska’s “Bristol Bay Forever” public initiative, passed recently. Pebble Watch follows the progress of proposed legislation and citizen’s initiatives so that readers can learn about them and provide public input.
House Bill 199, the Wild Salmon Legacy Act, seeks to modernize Alaska’s fish habitat protection and permitting law. Status: Currently in the House Special Committee on Fisheries.
Alaska Salmon Habitat Protection Standards and Permits Initiative (2018), would require anadromous fish habitat permits for persons seeking to use, change, or pollute anadromous fish habitats. Status: In September, 2017, Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallet rejected the application, citing the Department of Law’s evaluation that the initiative is unconstitutional because it would put the salmon resource above other resources such as minerals or oil. Initiative supporters have appealed this decision.