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Action Alert for Bristol Bay Area Plan




Action Alert for Bristol Bay Area Plan

The Alaska Resource Development Council (RDC) is encouraging its membership to submit written comments to the state of Alaska Department of Natural Resources stating that proposed amendments beyond those agreed to in a settlement related to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (BBAP) are unnecessary.  The BBAP will manage roughly 19 million acres of state land, some of which is resource rich and designated for mining.  Currently, groups opposed to multi-use land classification and specifically, mine exploration and development, are distributing misleading information implying the 2005 BBAP favors mining over other uses and does not adequately protect wildlife and subsistence uses.  Read more…


EPA’s Use of Tax Dollars Questioned

House Republicans and members of the Senate continue to question the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget allocation and expenses related to its draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (DBBWA).  As more and more Americans are feeling the impact of budget sequestration, the EPA has been criticized for spending a substantial amount of taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary report based on hypothetical and outdated mining scenarios in an effort to preemptively veto development of the Pebble Deposit.  The EPA spent more than $168,000 to hold a peer review in Anchorage, Alaska, last year at more than $10,500 per person in addition to what is anticipated as hundreds of hours in staff time by at least 10 EPA employees.  Despite repeated requests by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, as well as the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, among others, the EPA has yet to publicly disclose the overall budget spend related to the DBBWA  Read more…


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