Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Both the mining camp and the salmon camp are wondering where EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stands.
Disappointed by the unambiguous rejection of his company's charges of EPA misconduct, Pebble's CEO Tom Collier immediately condemned the investigation he'd requested as "an embarrassing failure" and a "whitewash".
Canadian exploration company Northern Dynasty Minerals is the only partner remaining in the once formidable Pebble Partnership - the poorly-funded proponent of the reckless scheme to build a massive mine in the headwaters of the world's greatest wild salmon fishery.
Facts -- for example, numbers -- have never been a friend to the Pebble Mine. Last month added some new numbers to this list, and once again none of them was good news for the Pebble Limited Partnership (or its sole partner, Northern Dynasty Minerals).
In May, the EPA released an assessment of the potential impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The results are sobering: the mine would generate 10 billion tons of toxic waste and eliminate thousands of acres of wetlands.
If it was a good day for salmon in Bristol Bay, the signs were mixed elsewhere.