Trump Administration Recklessly Rushing Review of Proposed Alaskan Copper Mine

WASHINGTON – The Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement for Pebble Mine, a highly controversial proposed gold and copper mine in Bristol Bay Alaska less than one year after notifying the public of its intent do so.

The following is a statement from Taryn Kiekow Heimer, a deputy director with the Nature Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“This is a rushed and—at best—a superficial review of the largest ever proposed mine in Alaska.

“The Army Corps is ignoring major red flags here—rushing towards rubber stamping a project that would threaten the greatest wild salmon fishery on the planet, not to mention fishing jobs and thousands of years of subsistence culture.”

A public comment period on the proposal will run from March 1 through May 31.

To read more about Pebble Mine, here is a blog by Taryn Kiekow Heimer.

The Army Corps’ draft Environmental Impact Statement is here.

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