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Begich: Pebble is Wrong Mine in the Wrong Place

Senator Comments on Findings of Watershed Assessment

U.S. Senator Mark Begich issued the following statement today about the proposed Pebble Mine in western Alaska following last week’s release of a “watershed assessment” of the mine by the Environmental Protection Agency:

“I have long been a strong supporter of Alaska’s mining industry and believe we must do all we can to support resource development industries that provide family wage jobs for Alaskans and keep our economy strong.  But years of scientific study has proven the proposed Pebble Mine cannot be developed safely in the Bristol Bay watershed.  As the multi-year watershed assessment details, the mine would likely threaten the largest and most lucrative salmon run in the world. Bristol Bay produces half the world’s red salmon and supports thousands of fishing jobs and way of life for thousands of Alaskans. Thousands of Alaskans have weighed in on this issue and I have listened to their concerns.  Pebble is not worth the risk.

“I agree with other pro-development Alaska leaders such as Senator Ted Stevens and former governors Jay Hammond and Tony Knowles, that Pebble is the wrong mine in the wrong place for Alaska.”

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