The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today denied the Clean Water Act 404 permit for the Pebble Mine. In response, WWF issued the following statement from Margaret Williams, managing director, arctic program:
“Today’s announcement that the Administration has declined the permit for Pebble Mine is the right decision and aligns with what the science and the community have said all along.
“This brings us one step closer to protecting Bristol Bay, an irreplaceable ecosystem that serves as one of the planet’s last salmon strongholds and an area that is critical to the livelihoods and well-being of thousands of Alaskans. Given the environmental, cultural and economic values of Bristol Bay, the Biden Administration and Alaska’s leaders must press ahead – including reestablishing the Clean Water Act protections – to ensure that long-term safeguards will be put into place for this national treasure.”