An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska (First External Review Draft)
[UPDATE] EPA is updating the assessment in response to over 230,000 public comments and the comments received from expert peer reviewers. EPA plans to have a group of qualified experts review the revised draft assessment prior to completion of the assessment. The Agency is working to determine the schedule, scope, and methodology of this additional review. No deadline for completing the assessment has been set.
This report assesses potential impacts of large-scale mining development on fish populations, wildlife, and indigenous cultures within the Nushagak and Kvichak River watersheds of Bristol Bay, Alaska.
|Feb 2011||EPA launches the Bristol Bay Assessment.|
|Aug 2011||Draft assessment approach and conceptual models presented to Intergovernmental Technical Team.|
|Feb 2012||EPA invited the public to nominate qualified experts to be considered for the external peer review panel. [Federal Register Notice Feb 24, 2012] and [Federal Register Notice Mar 8, 2012]|
|May 2012||On May 18, EPA announced the release of the draft report, An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska, (Press Release May 18, 2012) for public review and comment. [Federal Register May 25, 2012]|
|Jun 2012||EPA announced an independent scientific peer review panel that will review the draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. In addition, EPA announced the draft charge questions, which will help guide the panel's consideration of EPA's assessment. The public has an opportunity to comment on these draft charge questions during a public comment period, which begins on June 5 and ends on June 26, 2012. [Federal Register Notice Jun 5, 2012]|
|Jul 2012||EPA announced the external peer review meeting for the review the draft report that would be open to the public. [Federal Register Notice Jul 6, 2012]|
|Aug 2012||EPA convened a panel of experts, then organized and conducted an independent expert external peer review meeting on August 7-9, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska, to review the draft report entitled An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska (EPA/910/R-12/004/a-d).|
|Nov 2012||EPA released the final peer review report from the independent expert external peer review meeting held in August .|
REPORT: Comments on the assessment may be submitted and reviewed using the e-Government Regulations.gov Web site. From the site, select Environmental Protection Agency and the key word EPA-HQ-ORD-2012-0276 (for the docket ID). This docket is open from May 18 - July 23, 2012.
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