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June 18, 2018

10/10/2017 7:29:00 AM
Can't get an answer

To the Editor:

In trying to keep an open mind to the new mining bill proposal, and wanting to give its proponents a fair shake, I requested some basic information from Senator Tiffany on sulfide mines. Since he is a main sponsor of the bill, I was sure he would have this information on sulfide mining at his fingertips from the research he had done before assuring us sulfide mining was mot a pollution threat. So, I asked a couple weeks ago for a list of all sulfide mining projects within the last 10 years, including current mines, in Minnesota and Michigan. I also asked for a list of all sulfide mines in the continental United States that have operated in the last 20 years, that have been listed as non-polluters by the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, two weeks later, I have received no response from the Senator or his office. I am left to conclude that either no research was done to support the bill, or there was no evidence that sulfide mining can be conducted safely. Finally, although the Flambeau mine has been touted as a success, it has in fact polluted water adjoining the project. This even though the ore was transported from the site and the acid leaching of minerals was done elsewhere, greatly reducing the pollution that would have occurred had processing been done on sight. Sulfide mining cannot be done without a tremendous risk of long term pollution. The mining company will take their profits and leave the people of Wisconsin paying the clean up bills.

Duane Harpster

Boulder Junction

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Article comment by: Richard Collins

Charlie . . . I think it's clear that Mr. Harpster wants some information, both about mining and about the bill. His point was that Senator Tiffany, as sponsor of the bill, does not respond to constituent questions.

There's no reason on earth why Mr. Harpster should have to drive into the UP, including up to the Keweenaw Peninsula, to get answers. He should get them from his sanator.

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Article comment by: Charles Gullan

If you really want to find out about Copper Mining, take a short ride up to the White Pine MI area and
see for yourself. Talk to the locals who would love to have mining back.
You well enjoy the lovely pristine area. Travel further NW into the the Keweenaw Peninsula and enjoy more pristine beauty in an area that enjoyed copper mining for over 100 years.

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