[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 13 (Tuesday, January 21, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3369-3370]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-01082]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9905-68-ORD]


An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of 
Bristol Bay, Alaska

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing 
the availability of the final report titled, ``An Assessment of 
Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' 
(EPA 910-R-14-001A-C). EPA conducted this assessment to determine the 
significance of Bristol Bay's ecological resources and evaluate the 
potential impacts of large-scale mining on these resources.
    The report ``An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon 
Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' (EPA 910-R-14-001A-C) is available 
via the Internet on the EPA Region 10 Web site www.epa.gov/bristolbay. 
The report is also available on the National Center for Environmental 
Assessment's Web site (www.epa.gov/ncea) under the Recent Additions and 
the Data and Publications menu.

DATES: This report was posted publicly on January 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: The report is available primarily via the Internet on the 
EPA Region 10 Web site www.epa.gov/bristolbay as well as on the 
National Center for Environmental Assessment's Web site (www.epa.gov/ncea) under the Recent Additions and Publications menu. A limited 
number of CD-ROM copies will be available from EPA Region 10; telephone 
503-326-6994; email R10BristolBay@epa.gov. If you are requesting a CD-
ROM copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the 
document title.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information concerning 
the assessment, contact EPA Region 10, Judy Smith, telephone 503-326-
6994 or email R10BristolBay@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted this 
assessment to characterize the biological and mineral resources of the 
Bristol Bay watershed, increase understanding of potential impacts of 
large-scale mining on the region's fish resources, and inform future 
government decisions related to protecting and maintaining the 
chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the watershed. The 
assessment is intended to be a technical resource for the public and 
for federal, state, and tribal government entities as they consider how 
best to address the challenges of mining and ecological protection in 
the Bristol Bay watershed. It will inform ongoing discussion of the 
risks of mine development to the sustainability of the Bristol Bay 
salmon fisheries and will be of value to the many stakeholders in this 
debate. The assessment also could inform the consideration of options 
for future government action, including by EPA. The Web site that 
describes the project is www.epa.gov/bristolbay.

    Dated: January 14, 2014.
Debra B. Walsh,
Acting Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
[FR Doc. 2014-01082 Filed 1-17-14; 8:45 am]
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