Dear Bristol Bay Supporters,
Today (September 9, 2021), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would move to vacate its 2019 decision to withdraw proposed protections for Bristol Bay. The EPA will reinstate the 2014 Proposed Determination for Bristol Bay, which, if finalized, will be a critical component of the effort to permanently safeguard Bristol Bay.
The announcement comes in the wake of a lawsuit brought by Trout Unlimited against the withdrawal decision and a recent ruling in favor of TU by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
This is a massive step forward towards ensuring that the people, fish and fish-based businesses of Bristol Bay can continue to thrive. Take action to help finalize protections for Bristol Bay.
We will work with EPA to ensure the proposed protections are finalized, but even once finalized, they alone will not secure the world’s most prolific salmon fishery. While these protections put up a strong safeguard against Pebble, we also know that we need Congressional legislation to durably and permanently protect the resource and the people that depend on it. Join us in telling elected officials in Congress to support permanent protection for Bristol Bay next.
Today, we are celebrating another win when it comes to protecting pristine fish and wildlife habitats. Tomorrow, we’re getting back to work to ensure that we don’t have to fight Pebble- or other mining companies- in the years to come.
Thank you for your continued support in this effort and stay tuned for the next place to plug in for Bristol Bay.
Meghan and Trout Unlimited’s Save Bristol Bay campaign
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