Coeur Alaska is in clear violation of the Clean Water Act with its plans to dump millions of tons of mine waste into a pristine, freshwater lake. The Clean Water Act of 30 years ago states that public rivers and lakes cannot be used as dumping grounds for toxic waste. When I listened to their plans presented at Centennial Hall I wondered why the original plan to build a containment for these toxic wastes was not discussed. They had permits to develop the mine with a "safe containment" structure. Perhaps once again, money reared its ugly head and they chose the cheaper available lake.
It makes me sad to think that our business and political leaders cannot embrace and treasure the fragile beauty of this wilderness called Alaska.
Just love it, protect it and know how privileged we 600,00 Alaskans are to live here.
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