An Interview with Dennis McLerran

Source Pebble Watch

“Go with an open mind, open heart, open ears…”

Passing on this interview of Dennis McLerran who served as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 Administrator (covering Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho) from February 2010 to January 2017. Under his watch, EPA developed the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and proposed restrictions for large-scale mining activities at the Pebble deposit. It also battled the Pebble Limited Partnership in court between 2014 and 2017. The lawsuits were settled May 2017 under new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The questions

Pebble Watch: Now that you aren’t with EPA any longer, can you reflect back on what happened over the last few years, with the Agency’s attempts to protect the Bristol Bay watershed?

PW: Where did you live growing up, and when did you first visit to Alaska?

PW: Where did you live growing up, and when did you first visit to Alaska?

PW: What impressions did you have about the land?

PW: And your impressions of the people?

PW: What advice do you have for current EPA staff who will be traveling Bristol Bay this month for the first time?

PW: What kinds of foods did you enjoy in Bristol Bay?

PW: The Watershed Assessment and the Proposed Determination received more public comments than any other documents in EPA history. What do you think about that? Are you proud of the work?

PW: Did you make any mistakes?

PW: How did EPA deal with public comments when you were there?

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