Pebble Mine

Location Alaska
Organization University of Alaska
Janet Koelilng

The proposed Pebble Mine site is located in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska, approximately 200 miles from Anchorage and 70 miles from Cook Inlet. The University of Anchorage, Alaska is currently developing a proposal to fund an independent HIA of the proposed mine. Potential public health issues studied could include increased employment, community revenue, and access to services; contamination of subsistence resources; loss of subsistence resource habitat due to construction and infrastructure; acid mine drainage; large water withdrawals; decreases in salmon quantity and quality; construction of dams in a seismically active area; and blasting activities in the vicinity of previously isolated communities.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2010
  • Decision-Level Federal
  • Sector Natural Resources and Energy
  • Organization Type Educational Institution