Members Of Congress Urge Protections For Alaska Fishery
by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press
Posted: 2017-10-16 15:58:01 EST

More than 40 U.S. House and Senate members have asked President Donald Trump to maintain protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay region, which produces about half of the world's sockeye salmon.

The Democrats, in a letter dated Wednesday, say a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lift restrictions on mining in the region that the agency once pursued is egregious and illogical.

The letter, spearheaded by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Rep. Jared Huffman of California, seeks additional public hearings and comment time.

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