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The permit for the controversial copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska near Bristol Bay known as the Pebble Mine has been denied by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. They determined that the, “the applicant’s plan for the discharge of fill material does not comply with Clean Water Act guidelines and concluded that the proposed project is contrary to the public interest,” said Col. Damon Delarosa, the Corps’ Alaska district commander.
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“Given the special nature of the Bristol Bay watershed and the fisheries and subsistence resources downstream, Pebble had to meet a high bar so that we do not trade one resource for another, said Sen. Dan Sullivan. “As I have been saying since August, Pebble did not meet that bar.”
Environmental groups, conservation groups, anglers, hunters, and members of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay have worked tirelessly over the last three decades to ensure this mine did not come to fruition. The mine would have sat at the headwaters of the largest sockeye salmon run in the world where nearly 36 million sockeye salmon return to spawn each year.