From our readersIssue Date: June 15, 2016
Tom Boerner of Marinette gave a presentation on Colorado mine plans not being protested on June 9th. The Eagle Herald complemented the concerns in a news story. Boerner spoke to the mining group in Lake Township including 12 members from the Menominee County Board. The Colorado Mine article said the EPA estimated the spill that sent in excess of 880,000 pounds of metals into the Anamas River included arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc. This resulted from a toxic waste tailing pond generated by the Gold King mine and it will take years to fix. It is too big of a problem for the State and would need millions of dollars from the Federal superfund. The EPA is expected to formally create the "Superfund District' in the fall which in the opinion of many is just a method of pushing the problem ahead for many future generations to deal with and "never' to solve.
Most of what Boerner presented came from Aquila Resources press releases, permit applications and other public documents. The conclusion from these documents is that Acid Mine Drainage is 100% likely to occur. Despite all the environmental issues, those feared most because of liberation into the ground water are mercury, lead, arsenic, uranium and other very bad substances. Presently a permit application filed by Aquila Resources is currently being reviewed by the Michigan DEQ for a 1280' deep 580' wide open pit mine and ore processing operation just 28-meters (about 90 feet) from the banks of the Menominee River, next to the Shaky Lakes County Park.
Boerner pointed out that at least one person on Aquila Resources board of directors has a history of polluting, declaring bankruptcy when sued for pollution, and then leaving the public to pay an amount in excess of $50,000,000. This is concerning the company's abandonment of its toxic waste tailings pond, which under the legal system permits irresponsible action of this nature, all too often taken advantage of by the mining industry in its documented history of leaving behind unsolved problems of acid drainage, water pollution, poisonous dust and a footprint of ecologically damaged or devastated wet and dry lands for miles around.
In my opinion every person dependent on water from under the surface of Menominee and Marinette counties or from Menominee River or Lake Michigan immediately write, call or talk to their elected County, State and Federally elected officials and demand that they view this potential threat as they would if another Flint, Mich. problem were about to happen.
William G. Boerner
2131 Tori Lane
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