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Record No: Res 31851    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/29/2018
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION addressing the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay, and urging the Trump administration to undergo the appropriate environmental review, economic assessment, and consultation with the public to protect the wide-ranging interests in the region, including that of Seattle's business community.
Sponsors: Debora Juarez
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Proposed Amendment (added; 10/29/18), 3. Signed Resolution 31851, 4. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION addressing the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay, and urging the Trump administration to undergo the appropriate environmental review, economic assessment, and consultation with the public to protect the wide-ranging interests in the region, including that of Seattle's business community.
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WHEREAS, Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) has proposed building an open-pit gold and copper mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay ("Pebble Mine"), which, if built, would be the largest mine in North America; and
WHEREAS, open-pit mines across North America have a historic track record of leaking toxic tailings and pollutants into nearby surface and groundwater, and no mine the size of the proposed Pebble Mine has ever been built in a seismically active, sensitive environment without causing irreparable harm to nearby habitat and waters; and
WHEREAS, under the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that "unacceptable adverse effects on fishery areas (including spawning and breeding areas) could result from the discharge of dredge or fill material associated with mining the Pebble deposit"; and
WHEREAS, it has been clearly demonstrated through nearly a decade of scientific review that the Pebble Mine will have significant and unacceptable impacts on Bristol Bay's salmon habitat, which supports world-class fisheries and Native subsistence cultures; and
WHEREAS, on December 22, 2017, PLP began to file for a critical federal permit with the Army Corps of Engineers, initiating scoping and a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); and
WHEREAS, the Army Corps of Engineers has substantially expedited the scoping and permitting process: skipping critical steps and timelines, providing insufficient opportunities for public review in Alaska, and providing no public forums in Washington, despite the waters, fish, and landscapes of Bristol Bay being critical resources for many Seatt...

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