Bristol Bay Tribes applaud EPA Inspector General report clearing Agency of wrongdoing in review of Pebble Mine

January 13, 2016Contact:Alannah Hurley, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, (907) 843-1633 or girlasue@gmail.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBristol Bay Tribes applaud EPA Inspector General report clearing Agency of wrongdoing in review of Pebble MineDILLINGHAM, AK – The United Tribes of Bristol Bay Tribes are not surprised to learn today that the EPA Inspector General (IG), the Agency’s independent watch-dog, ruled the Agency acted fairly and in accordance with all federal laws and procedures in its work leading to the publication of the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment in 2013.“Today’s news confirms what we in Bristol Bay have known since the beginning: that EPA acted fairly, at the request of Bristol Bay’s tribes, to protect our invaluable salmon cultures and the world's last great salmon fishery,” said Alannah Hurley, director of United Tribes of Bristol Bay. “The baseless accusations made against the EPA by foreign corporations and Outside Congressmen have once again failed to stand up to the facts. We are happy that the IG could see clearly why we have worked so hard for years to protect the land and water entrusted to us by our ancestors, and affirmed the transparency and thoroughness of EPA’s process in reviewing the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay.”The Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment informed the EPA’s proposal to limit the amount of hazardous mining discharge in the salmon-rich waters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.###United Tribes of Bristol Bay is a tribal consortium working to protect the Yup’ik, Denai’na, and Alutiq way of life and the Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale mining. Learn more about our work at www.utbb.org

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