Monday, April 29, 2013

Revised Draft Bristol Bay Assessment Available For Review

Via Moldy Chum:

From the EPA....
EPA invites your comments on the revised draft Bristol Bay Assessment until Friday, May 31, 2013.  The May 2012 draft assessment was revised based on valuable feedback from peer reviewers, tribes and the public. 
EPA is arranging for the original peer reviewers to evaluate the revisions the agency made to the assessment. This follow-up with peer reviewers on will take place at about the same time as the public comment period. 
EPA will finalize the assessment by the end of 2013.  A summary of our responses to all public and peer review comments will be available when the final assessment is released.
Thank you for your interest in EPA's work in Bristol Bay.
Northern Dynasty's reaction to the EPA's assesment of their mythical main proposal?
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. responded today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of a revised draft of the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (BBWA) report originally released last spring, reaffirming that the new report fails to correct the central flaw that critics roundly agree invalidates the original and revised study.
"You simply cannot assess the effects of a mining project that has not been proposed, and for which key engineering solutions, environmental safeguards and site-specific mitigation factors have not been provided," said Ron Thiessen , President & CEO of Northern Dynasty, a 50% owner of the Pebble Limited Partnership
LINK (via:Yahoo Finance)
Here is a map from the EPA Executive Summary outlining varying footprint scenarios of the "yet to be proposed mining project."
The good guys spell out what the new EPA assessment spells out.
The science is clear: developing Pebble Mine will harm salmon and destroy streams even if nothing ever goes wrong at the mine,” said Tim Bristol, director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program. “Pebble is far bigger and more threatening to renewable resource jobs than any other mine proposal in Alaska and it’s planned for the worst location possible: the headwaters of Bristol Bay. Clearly, the time for action to protect Bristol Bay under the Clean Water Act is now.”
LINK (via:Save Bristol Bay)


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