Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration is expected to release its final environmental review of the proposed Pebble Mine, moving one step closer to construction of the massive gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska. Construction and operation of the mine is likely to cause irreversible damage to the major sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. In response, Matt Lee-Ashley, a senior fellow specializing in public lands and environmental policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Within 48 hours of Congress passing a major bipartisan bill to protect our parks and public lands, the most anti-nature president in American history is striking back against Alaska’s most prized and valuable salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. No matter how unpopular it makes him, President Donald Trump just can’t stop himself from selling out America’s most prized lands to any mining or drilling company that comes knocking.
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