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Fish More Valuable than Copper: The EPA’s Decision on Bristol Bay

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By Aaron Mintzes

November 5, 2013

Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to the world’s largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery. Tens of millions of salmon return annually to spawn there where runs of King Salmon and Rainbow Trout comprise an essential part of an Arctic ecosystem alongside caribou, moose, grizzlies, and wolves. In addition to the spectacular wildlife, the Bristol Bay community supports considerable economic activity tied to a sustainable way of life for the Native residents spanning at least 4000 years.

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Once Indispensable, My Device Congress Now Calls Critical

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By Aaron Mintzes

November 1, 2013

This week Earthworks staff received a draft of a bill that will become the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013. The legislation directs the United States Geological Survey to draw up a list of minerals critical to our nation’s needs and creates a series of policies designed to improve manufacturing, production, permitting, recycling, and alternatives to these metals.

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