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An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska: External Peer Review

May 1, 2012

A panel of scientists assembled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reviewed EPA's assessment of the impacts of a hypothetical mine near Iliamna, Alaska, on salmon populations in Bristol Bay.

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A panel of scientists assembled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reviewed EPA's assessment of the impacts of a hypothetical mine near Iliamna, Alaska, on salmon populations in Bristol Bay. The Pebble Partnership seeks to mine copper, gold, and molybdenum at the site of the hypothetical mine.

The EPA assessment of a hypothetical mine project is the first time EPA has issued an assessment before receiving an actual mining proposal. The Pebble Partnership points out that many of EPA's assumptions in its hypothetical mining project do not reflect the reality of the Pebble Partnership's cutting-edge environmental technologies and unprecedented environmental protections.

The external peer review panel similarly criticizes EPA for making unjustifiable assumptions and leaps of logic that unfairly project significant harm to salmon in Bristol Bay, 200 miles downstream from the Iliamna mining site.

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