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September 17, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Out, out Pebble Mine! Investor leaves Bristol Bay pit-mining project

Lake Illiamna, Alaska, in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay salmon run (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times, 2007)

Lake Illiamna, Alaska, in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay salmon run
(Photo by Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times, 2007)

The announcement by Anglo American plc, London, that it is walking away from the Pebble Mine project is great news. The giant open-pit mine would be dug on the edge of the richest group of salmon rivers in the world, which host the Bristol Bay salmon run. This June and July, fishermen—many from Washington—harvested more than 15 million fish there, and that was a disappointing year.

Bristol Bay is America’s mother lode of salmon.

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Comments | Topics: Alaska, environment

June 12, 2013 at 7:10 AM

West Coast senators want Alaska’s Bristol Bay protected

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is collecting public comments through the end of June on a proposed mining operation near Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay. In a pointed letter to President Obama, five West Coast senators expressed their concerns about the fishery resources and regional economic bounty threatened by the massive project. The June 10 letter to…

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Comments | Topics: Alaska, Bristol Bay, Pebble Mine