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Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay Support EPA’s Timeline for Bristol Bay Assessment

Juneau, AK- Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay (CFBB), a nationwide coalition of nearly 100 fishing industry organizations and support businesses representing thousands of commercial fishermen from across the United States, today supported the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to stay on track with their 60-day public comment period concerning EPA’s draft assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed.

Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP), a mining consortium led by Anglo American PLC -- one of the world’s largest mining companies -- had requested an extension to the 60-day period originally established by the EPA as required by established laws and procedures. PLP is seeking to develop a massive copper, gold and molybdenum mine directly atop the salmon spawning headwaters of Bristol Bay.

EPA convened public meetings last month in Seattle, Anchorage, and many villages in the Bristol Bay watershed, where residents oppose development of the proposed Pebble Mine by a margin of 80% to 20%.

“EPA has already held public meetings across our region exactly where they matter the most – in the villages and communities that surround Bristol Bay,” said Katherine Carscallen, a Bristol Bay fisherman and resident of Dillingham, Alaska.

CFBB supporter Angela San Filippo, president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives, a leading industry organization based in Massachusetts, also spoke in support of the EPA standing firm on their original announced plan. “EPA established a process for public comment, and commercial fishing groups from across the country are doing their part to get their comments in and support thousands of fishing jobs in Bristol Bay. The big mining companies can just play by the same rules everyone else has to play by,” said Filippo.

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