Next year, developers plan to apply for permits for the construction of America's largest open-pit copper and gold mine, in the heart of Alaska's most valuable salmon runs. It's not too late for us to stop them if we act now. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently considering requests from stakeholders to use its power under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay. FRESH, Parent Earth and Trout Unlimited are combining grassroots forces to take action and I hope you'll join us by signing the petition!
Pebble Mine would cover 20 square miles in the Bristol Bay watershed, and require the construction of the world's largest earthen dam for a 10 square mile waste containment pond. Up to 10 billion tons of toxic mine wastes could be produced. Any release of these wastes could cause irreparable damage to the Bristol Bay salmon runs.
Even worse: while our wild salmon are under threat, genetically modified salmon may be introduced to the market any day. We've brought you exclusive footage with Paul Greenberg, best-selling author of Four Fish. Check it out above! He explains why hybrid Frankensalmon has no place on our tables, especially when we have an abundant, healthy alternative.
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