The EPA updated their Bristol Bay website today, with a prepublication federal register notice linked, that will extend the regulatory deadline for the EPA to take action on the Bristol Bay Clean Water Act 404(c) Proposed Determination. They are using the time to consider new science and information available since the Proposed Determination was put out in 2014. Our comment on the action is below.
“The timeline laid out today shows the strong commitment by the EPA to follow through and finish the work started in 2014 to add much needed Clean Water Act 404(c) protections for Bristol Bay,” said Nelli Williams, Alaska director for Trout Unlimited. “We welcome the opportunity to update the scientific record so the EPA can issue a decision as soon as possible based on the most accurate science and public input. The EPA has the opportunity to protect the most prolific wild salmon and trout fisheries on the planet and we look forward to working with the EPA to get durable safeguards finalized as soon as possible.”