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Mine could hurt Alaska salmon, EPA warns

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Erin McKittrick, Ground Truth Trekking,, Nushagak River, draining into Bristol Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Associated Press
Published: May 18th, 2012 11:07 AM
Last Modified: May 18th, 2012 11:21 AM

Failure of a large-scale mine planned near the headwaters of one of the world's premier salmon fisheries in Alaska could wipe out or degrade rivers and streams in the region for decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a draft watershed assessment released Friday.

The report responded to concerns that have been raised about a large copper-and-gold prospect near the headwaters of Bristol Bay. It is a draft, with a final report that could affect permitting decisions...