Preservation and conservation are two words that intertwine like gravy and sausage. You have to have a love for either of the two, meaning they must be close to the heart. A prominent Scottish naturalist and preservationist I have always felt a kinship to, being of Scottish ancestry and a close affinity to nature, is the honorable John Muir. His mindful quality and enthusiasm towards nature exemplifies the “oneness of soul.” He was the guiding patron saint of the gold that is Mother Nature, our natural resources.
It’s not enough to stop the damage we must put it back together and tenderly nurture it. I praise the finding of EPA and Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran. It makes you sit back and think about what's really important in life. For that matter it just comes to mind, you don't need time to sit back and think about it.
The monument to waste It’s priceless and you either feel it or you don’t. Money can’t buy love of the nation’s natural wonders and the beauty of what once was back after it’s destroyed and blasted. Like a death, it will never be the same again, it’s changed forever. Modern mining, well there is nothing “environmental” about it no matter what United State it’s done in. Mining is done out of nothing but a fervor over profited money, not out of a love based on what the next seven generations will have left to contend with and build on. Every big mining corporation claims it will clean up when they are caught years down the road, after the damage is done.
What was valuable is what was already there, before hard-nosed blasting and digging made it into hazardous waste rock, slaughtered what was sacred ground and the lives of the living. Little by little if only made in baby steps the protection of Bristol Bay is occurring. It matters. The protection of all lands and waters must be cared for in this same way there are other ways to heat and operate this great nation.
A nation’s progress, greatness and character is judged by how it takes care of its natural wonders Mining eats like a cancer the sacred ground and people that surround it. EPA issued a proposal two weeks ago that would limit mining activity in Bristol Bay. The proposed is on the table for public comment until September 19, 2014. Native Alaskan tribes, fishermen, outdoor enthusiasts, and commercial fishing has been trying to block the unfathomable open pit mining to an already fragile ecosystem.
One step forward for mankind, EPA newest release
The EPA is taking this giant step forward to protect the world’s largest fishery Thoughtfully committed people can hold it an protect it. Dennis McLerran, appointed by President Barrack Obama EPA Regional Administrator RA, told reporters that even a small mining operation would make a hazardous community, and bring down the livability and economic value of the site. Keeping communities safe and healthy requires action to reduce the risks associated with toxins in commerce and outdoor environments. The EPA must put to practice the existing Toxic Substances control Act to the maximum extent to modernize the law. The EPA is seeking to advance the tracking and management of hazardous wastes. The bottom line is Bristol Bay mining is bad news.
Vigorous scientific studies are proving it Dennis McLerran, “Exceptional fisheries, Bristol Bay is an ancient fishing culture with economic power deserves exceptional protection. This uniquely large mine wants to happen in a uniquely important place.” Northern Dynasty Minerals of Vancouver is losing investors by realizing it’s a threat to a nation, two down now. No one wants to be involved in, and have to explain to their children the mass murder they are involved in.
Chinook, sockeye, chum and pink, over 120 bird species, moose, caribou, bears, more than 40 mammal species the list goes on ‘The science is clear Pebble deposit would cause irreversible damage to the world’s last intact salmon fisheries. The people of Alaska and many other have lived for a decade now under that uncertainty imposed by the construction of this destructive mine.”
Public meetings will be held in Alaska August 12-15, 2014.
What Pebble Mine would do to the “Alaskan Watershed”
A hole as large as the Grand Canyon, the EPA estimates based on the mine prospectus, would be the largest ever. The Grand Canyon is one mile, Pebble Mine would be three-quarters of a mile. Mine waste that would fill an entire football stadium, 3,900 times and more over many lifetimes repeatedly. massive mining tailings, “hot spots” impoundments, that would cover nineteen square miles covering wetlands, streams, lakes and ponds, not to mention homes and communities. A mining operation larger than Manhattan, this includes all three mining components listed by the EPA, plus additional transportation corridors, waste water treatments and waste rock piles. Streamflow alteration more than 20-percent.
The Clean Water Act generally requires a Section 404 permit from the US Corps of Army Engineers before anyone places a dredge or fill material into streams, wetlands, lakes or ponds. The Corps works with EPA to consistently resolve environmental concerns and move forward. Under Section 404 the EPA is authorized to prohibit or restrict fill activities that would adversely affect communities and without a doubt fisheries.
The EPA Region 10 has concluded that Pebble mining deposit would affect the South Fork Koktuli River, North Fork Koktuli River and Upper Talrik Creek Watersheds. The proposed restriction are in a document called the Proposed Determination. The restrictions are based on a 0.25 billion-ton-mine. The EPA Region 10 will also hold formal meetings with the land tribes. The Bristol Bay is home to 31 Alaskan Native Villages.
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