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April 3, 2012
A new article in the Santiago Times describes a recent toxic spill at Anglo American's Los Bronces mine in Chile. According to the article, a truck transporting ammonium nitrate veered off the road near Santiago on March 28, spilling 20 tons of its toxic cargo just feet from a river feeding the Aguas Cordillera water treatment plant.
This incident was apparently one of many along the road, including a spill in 2011 of 790 gallons of ammonium nitrate spilling into and contaminating a nearby creek.
The article quotes a nearby resident saying, "Since the arrival of Anglo American in 2000, it has become impossible to live here."
These spills highlight one of the significant risks of the proposed Pebble Mine, where Anglo American is proposing to build a massive copper and gold mine at the headwaters of the world's largest wild salmon fishery. To transport the ore, a 100 mile road must also be built, which will cross important salmon streams, and provide ample opportunity for spills like this one.
For more on Anglo American's environmental and social track record, and a long list of spills, go to: http://ourbristolbay.com/pdf/anglo_trackrecord_final.pdf
March 12, 2012
Salmon consumers everywhere will be happy today! The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), which represents a whopping 26,000 retail food stores, and $680 billion in annual revenue, has spoken out on behalf of protecting Alaska's Bristol Bay fishery - the world's largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.
In a recent letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), FMI expressed its support for the study currently underway to determine the suitability of large-scale development in Bristol Bay, including the proposed Pebble Mine.
It makes sense. The Bristol Bay salmon fishery is an important part of our nation's food supplies.
So hats off to FMI and its 1500 members for its support for sustainable fisheries. The EPA study is expected in late April 2012. So, stay tuned. This important scientific assessment will help determine future actions to protect Bristol Bay.
And, go enjoy some Bristol Bay wild salmon.