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Clean water, mining battle isn't over

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008

Voters did not decide mining over fish. The mining companies, the state, and all who support the mine claim that fishing and mining can co-exist. Gov. Sarah Palin has even specifically said that she will not support the mine if it affects the salmon fishery in a negative way.

The mine is still years from production and I predict that we will see an initiative every single year until the mine opens. Some initiatives will be even more extreme; others will try to find some common ground, while expressing the genuine concern for the complexity and risks of the mine.

Eventually we will get to something along the lines of greatly increased fines for toxic discharge, more specific and intensive monitoring and verification that discharge is not occurring, and a stepped system of increasing penalties culminating in jail time for serious or repeated violations.

Paul Sutherland

Kenai



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