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EPA urges protection for Bristol Bay, putting new Alaska mine at risk
EPA urges protection for Bristol Bay, putting new Alaska mine at risk

SEATTLE — The Environmental Protection Agency took the first step Friday toward possibly halting construction of the largest open-pit mine in North America, declaring that Alaska's Bristol Bay — home to the most productive sockeye salmon fishery on Earth — must be protected. "Extensive scientific study has given us ample reason to believe that the Pebble Mine would likely have significant and irreversible negative impacts on the Bristol Bay watershed and its abundant salmon fisheries," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters Friday morning. "This process is not something the agency does very often," McCarthy said in announcing her agency's decision to use the power granted to it...

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