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EPA public hearings on proposal to withdraw proposed Clean Water Act restrictions for Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed

10/05/2017
Contact Information: 
Suzanne Skadowski (skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov )
206-553-2160

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to withdraw its July 2014 Clean Water Act Proposed Determination that would, if finalized, have imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with the potential “Pebble Mine” in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. EPA agreed to initiate a proposed withdrawal process pursuant to policy direction from EPA’s Administrator, and as part of a May 2017 settlement agreement with the Pebble Limited Partnership that resolved litigation from 2014. Pebble’s subsidiaries own the mineral claims to the Pebble deposit.

EPA is seeking comment on whether to withdraw the Proposed Determination, and whether the Administrator should review the withdrawal decision if such a decision is made. EPA is also consulting on the proposed withdrawal with federally-recognized tribal governments of the Bristol Bay region and with Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Regional and Village Corporations with lands in the Bristol Bay watershed. The public comment and consultation period closes on October 17, 2017. After the close of the public comment and consultation process, the EPA will decide whether to issue a final withdrawal of the 2014 Proposed Determination at this time.

Public Hearings:

*Note new meeting times and locations below

October 11, 2017: 1 – 4 p.m. AKDT

Dillingham Seventh-Day Adventist School Gym

New Windmill Road, Dillingham, Alaska

October 12, 2017: 1 – 4 p.m. AKDT

Old Crowley Hangar

Iliamna Airport, Iliamna, Alaska

*Sign-ups to make oral comments begin one hour before each hearing at 12 p.m.

More Information: 

Comments may be emailed to:  ow-docket@epa.gov with docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line.

For more information: https://www.epa.gov/bristolbay.

For general questions, call (206) 553‑0040 or email: r10bristolbay@epa.gov.