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Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Senior Policy Analyst, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica, California

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

At NRDC I work on two major campaigns: our Stop Pebble Mine and End Commercial Whaling campaigns. I also work on the issue of undersea noise pollution as well as to preserve key marine mammal species and their habitats. Prior to joining NRDC, I was litigation associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. I also worked as a dolphin trainer in San Diego, California and Miami, Florida. While I loved the experience, I realized I wanted to do more to protect marine mammals. Working to save marine mammals here at NRDC is the perfect fit!

Recent Posts

World's Leading Whale Scientists Call Japan's Whaling Program "Unscientific"

Posted January 20, 2016 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Thirty-two scientists from the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee - the world's premier whale experts - jointly denounced Japan's revised whaling program as "unscientific." In a letter to the editor in Nature, the IWC scientists argue that the science...continued

Inspector General Report Clears EPA of any Bias in its Pebble Mine Assessment

Posted January 13, 2016 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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A report from the EPA Office of Inspector General just confirmed what all of us working to stop the Pebble Mine have long known: EPA acted fairly when issuing its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. (Photo credit: Robert Glenn Ketchum) The...continued

House bill would cripple EPA's authority under the Clean Water Act and clear the Pebble Mine for approval

Posted December 14, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Representative Tom Rice (R-S.C.) recently introduced a bill that would gut provisions of the Clean Water Act and give the controversial Pebble Mine the go-ahead. It's another self-interested, polluter-driven attack on clean water in this country - a cynical attempt...continued

Voice Your Opposition to Japan's Illegal Whale Hunt

Posted December 4, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Japan thumbed its nose at the world - and the rule of law - when its whaling fleet departed earlier this week for the Antarctic with a self-issued quota to kill 333 minke whales per year for the next 12...continued

Japan Flouts International Law, Resumes Whaling in the Antarctic

Posted November 30, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Japan's whaling fleet will leave port tomorrow for the Antarctic with plans to kill up to 333 minke whales per year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary under the guise of "scientific research." Japan's move spurns international law and mocks...continued

Catastrophic Mining Disaster in Brazil: The Tragic Aftermath Confirms Worst Fears about the Proposed Pebble Mine

Posted November 16, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Nine people are confirmed dead and 19 remain missing after what's been described as a "slow-motion environmental catastrophe" in Brazil following the collapse of two mining dams. Tailings dam failures at an iron-ore mine owned by Samarco Mineração SA -...continued

Brazilian Tailings Dam Failure Highlights Pebble Mine's Risk to Bristol Bay

Posted November 6, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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A tailings dam at the Germano open-pit iron ore mine in Brazil burst yesterday, washing away an entire neighboring community. Tragically, there are at least two confirmed deaths and over a dozen people still missing. It's being called the country's...continued

Pebble Mine's Mouthpiece

Posted October 6, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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It's no surprise that the not-so "independent" report released today by the Cohen Group--and paid for by the Pebble Partnership--parrots Pebble's talking points about the "unfairness" of EPA, which issued a preliminary determination that, if adopted, would restrict the proposed...continued

The Arctic: The Next Frontier for Iceland's Illegal Whaling?

Posted August 31, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Iceland's whaling season is in full swing, with 100 (and counting) endangered fin whales slaughtered in violation of the International Whaling Commission's moratorium against commercial whaling. That's old news--I've blogged repeatedly about Iceland's renegade whaling. Bur for the first time,...continued

Dear Pebble Partnership, It's Time to Walk Away From Bristol Bay

Posted July 1, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Just how many reasons does the Pebble Partnership need to stop its disastrous plans to build the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska? NRDC explored that question in a series of ads in Politico. The ads give the Pebble Partnership...continued

Need Another Reason to Stop the Pebble Mine? Check Out Today's Ad in Politico!

Posted June 25, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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NRDC is running ads in Politico that highlight just a few (of the many) reasons why the Pebble Partnership should abandon its plan to build a gargantuan gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the world's greatest wild salmon...continued

Another Day, Another Politico Ad, Another Reason for the Pebble Partnership to Walk Away from the Pebble Mine

Posted June 24, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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NRDC is running a series of ads in Politico highlighting several reasons why the Pebble Partnership should quit its disastrous plans to build a giant gold and copper mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay's famous salmon runs, which are...continued

Pebble Mine Ad in Politico: Another Reason to Walk Away from Bristol Bay

Posted June 23, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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NRDC is running a series of ads in Politico giving the Pebble Partnership plenty of reasons to walk away from their reckless scheme in Bristol Bay. Yesterday's ad focused on the local opposition to Pebble Mine. Today's ad focuses on...continued

Pebble Mine: Check out NRDC's ad in Politico

Posted June 22, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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There are many reasons to quit the Pebble Mine. Through ads running this week and next in Politico, NRDC is giving the Pebble Partnership a handful. Today's ad is the first in a series of five ads, and it focuses...continued

Money Talks: Let's Use it to End Iceland's Rogue Whaling

Posted June 16, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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At this very moment, endangered fin whale meat is en route from Iceland to Japan, clearing up freezer space in anticipation of the upcoming slaughter of endangered fin whales in Iceland. This isn't the first time. Since Iceland resumed whaling...continued

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