There are times when I read things and I’m so shocked and saddened that I’m almost unable to move. That feeling is quickly replaced by hopelessness. But thankfully, hopelessness moves to action. And that’s where you come in. We need to make sure people know what’s going on.
Last spring, mining company CEO Tom Collier and the new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, met. After the meeting, the EPA director told his staff to withdraw the Obama era plan to protect the watershed of Bristol Bay, Alaska. 1 I swear some people aren’t going to be happy until they’ve destroyed every bit of our environment.
“In 2014, after three years of peer-reviewed study, the Obama administration’s EPA invoked a rarely used provision of the Clean Water Act to try to protect Bristol Bay after finding that a mine ‘would result in complete loss of fish habitat due to elimination, dewatering, and fragmentation of streams, wetlands, and other aquatic resources’ in some areas of the bay.”2
The environmental group, Natural Resources Defense Council, will fight the Pebble Mine should the EPA approve it. The EPA is accepting public comments on its proposal through October 17.