EPA restrictions: should they stay or should they go?
What do you think about the EPA's proposal to withdraw its 2014 plan that detailed restrictions for hard-rock mining in Bristol Bay? Whether you agree or not, the EPA wants your input by October 17.
Explaining the background behind the proposal is a little like following the twists and turns of your favorite weekly drama series. We've given it a shot, in a timeline format, in a detailed web post, and in a 5-minute summary in this newsletter.
The ongoing effort to develop the Pebble mine is no fiction, however, and will have real effects on the people of Bristol Bay. Opponents believe those effects will be negative, and will ultimately harm a subsistence way of life and the sport and commercial fishing industries. Developers argue the effects will be positive, improving the economic stability of the area and contributing to state coffers.
You can look at many Pebble Watch resources before sending EPA your own opinion, including advice on preparing public input. Or check out some of the 6,700+ comments that have been submitted so far for inspiration.