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United Tribes of Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay tribes celebrated yesterday's news that the Environmental Protection Agency has set a timeline for considering permanent protections for the region.

The agency yesterday announced the timeline for resuming its process to review potential Clean Water Act 404(c) protections for Bristol Bay, with a deadline of May 31, 2022.

"Our tribes look forward to engaging in this critical process for Bristol Bay. The Environmental Protection Agency’s commitment to transparency and tribal consultation helps restore our trust in the process," said United Tribes of Bristol Bay Executive Director Alannah Hurley. "After almost twenty years, all the parties want certainty. We are pleased Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward in a science-based and transparent manner, and with a schedule that can allow for resolution by next summer, consistent with the wishes of our tribes and Alaskans."

Bristol Bay tribes first requested Clean Water Act protections in 2010, after years of working to protect our lands and waters from the threat posed by Pebble Mine. After several years of study, Environmental Protection Agency issued a science-based recommendation for protections in 2014 that was stalled by politics despite overwhelming public support. Yesterday’s commitment makes clear that the agency intends to follow the law and listen to science in resuming this work. 

About United Tribes of Bristol Bay

United Tribes of Bristol Bay is a tribal consortium representing 15 Bristol Bay tribal governments (that represent over 80 percent of the region’s total population) working to protect the Yup’ik, Dena'ina, and Alutiiq way of life in Bristol Bay.

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