Army Corps of Engineers Announces No Permit for Pebble Mine
On August 24, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced that the proposed Pebble mine project in Alaska “could have substantial environmental impacts within the unique Bristol Bay watershed and lacks adequate compensatory mitigation.” As a result, the Corps stated that the Pebble mine project cannot move forward as currently proposed.
The Corps announced the release of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the project on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Shortly after, the National Deer Alliance (NDA), the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and a host of conservation organizations took out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal urging President Trump to stop a foreign mining company from ruining a national treasure, 15,000 American jobs, and a fishing and hunting paradise. The ad, along with pressure from over 250 fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation businesses and organizations, and 31,000 sportsmen and women, resulted in the recent announcement that Pebble will be put on pause.
In its announcement, the Corps noted that it found “under section 404 of the Clean Water Act that the project, as proposed, would likely result in significant degradation of the environment and would likely result in significant adverse effects on the aquatic system or human environment.” Of course, this is what scientists, agencies and countless sportsmen and women nationwide have been saying for years.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the Administration’s decision to deny the Pebble permit in its current form,” said Torin Miller, NDA’s policy and outreach coordinator. “Hunters and anglers across the country used their collective voices to leave no doubt that Bristol Bay is too special to risk on a dubious mining plan. The permit’s denial was a no-brainer from the start, and the Corps’ official announcement offers a sigh of relief.”
To celebrate the announcement, NDA and QDMA again joined nearly two-dozen conservation organizations in a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal to thank President Trump and his administration for sending Pebble back to the drawing board.