"Washington Senator, Chefs Protest Proposed Pebble Mine"

"SEATTLE — Eight days after the federal government declared that a proposed mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay would have a devastating effect on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery, a Washington senator and 250 chefs and food professionals demanded that the Obama administration stop Pebble Mine."

"Standing between docks 7 and 8 in the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and chef Tom Douglas on Thursday denounced the controversial copper and gold mine proposed for the environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay and called on the administration to heed its own science.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Jan. 15 released a long-awaited scientific study of the proposed Pebble Mine, which would be the largest open-pit mine in North America. The report concluded that the mine could destroy up to 94 miles of streams where salmon spawn and migrate and up to 5,350 acres of wetlands, ponds and lakes."

Maria L. La Ganga reports for the Los Angeles Times January 23, 2014.

Source: LA Times, 01/24/2014