RE: NANFA-- AARRGHH (EPA Would Allow Mine Dumping in Waterways)

Jay DeLong (
Sat, 27 Apr 2002 23:39:59 -0700

> Of course the slant would be that way from the Washington COMPost. It
> sounded more like a speech by a contender for election in '04 than an
> objective piece. Like how dirt and rock kept being restated as waste,
> equating it with garbage from a landfill.

I read the article twice and didn't see any kind of comparison to landfill
garbage. I don't know what that's supposed to mean anyway, like is one
better than the other? They described exactly what is done with these
mining techniques. They'll blast hilltops to remove a non-renewable
resource, and dispose of the the waste debris into streams. They'll pay the
locals to work for a period of time, then leave when there's nothing left.
What will be left is a degraded environment and a permanently exhausted
resource. People like to use terms like "wise resource use". But there's
nothing wise or environmentally responsible about these mining methods.

> I am not trying to say that filling in streams is a good thing, but you
> have to look at where many of these articles are coming from.

I don't think blaming the messenger solves anything or makes the problem go

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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