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Forget Pebble Mine — our junk yards are worse

Posted: June 24, 2011 - 10:01am

All of this ranting and raving over the possible pebble mine project.

We already allow a huge source of pollution here on the Kenai: our local junk yards. Literately mountians of rusting, butt-ugly junk vehicles that leak every know toxin that you can think of — anti-freeze, motor oil, transmission fluid, gas, diesel, battery acid, grease — all of which slowly seep from these junk vehicles and pollute our land, rivers and streams. No one says a word about this pollution; it continues for generations.

But we raise heck about a possible mining operation that doesn’t even exist yet ?

Take a drive outside of any city limits and you will discover our local butt-ugly junk yards, they are everywhere.

Why are we tolerant of this pollution and junk in our beautiful Kenai Peninsula? Why do we allow this to continue to happen?

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sapphiros 02/17/12 - 03:23 pm

Toxic junkyards should not be allowed in Alaska or anywhere else. But to compare them to the magnitude of an open pit mine like the one Pebble is proposing is ludicrous. When is it time to worry about a serious, environmentally devastating
issue? After it has occurred, or before, while there is still time to stop it? The issue of these junk yards has to be addressed, that is a travesty, but don't let that distract you from the peril that the Pebble presents for Alaska. We must address both these issues with an iron fist. Alaska and its people must be protected from all of these threats.
Deborah Thomas

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