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Trump’s Pro-Mining Policies Could Devastate the Salmon Industry

In his short, chaotic term as president thus far, Donald Trump has has proposed
historically unprecedented cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, stripped away some regulations enacted by Barack Obama, and signed a gaggle of executive orders. Many of the moves made by Trump’s government have far-reaching consequences the administration many not have even considered, including a move that could jeopardize the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.

Trump’s EPA recently reversed an Obama-era decision to block construction of Pebble Mine, a proposed excavation near Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the source of nearly half the world’s wild sockeye as well as coho, Chinook, chum, and pink salmon and various other fish species. A coalition of virtually everyone who lives or works around the bay—sport and commercial fishermen, environmental groups, the tourism industry, native tribes and other residents—has fought the mine for over a decade, and now is gearing up for another round of opposition for fear an opened mine could pollute the Bay and threaten the industry. Who doesn’t like their salmon with a side of toxic ore waste? …

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