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Issue Date: January 23, 2019

Editor:

I am a concerned citizen.

Did you know that the Menominee River is one of 10 of the most endangered Rivers in the U.S. because this mine that Aquila says is safe?

The proposed Back Forty sulfide mine is one of the most toxic industries on the face of the earth. There has never been one that hasn't destroyed a water way, the air and the environment.

Harmful: Endangers drinking water supply and aquatic life, such as lake sturgeon and anything that lives down stream of the mine site.

How can you issue any of the permits for the mine when Aquila has no plan for disaster. It will take 26 hours for the toxins to reach 20,000 people's drinking water.

Toxic: The proposed Back Forty sulfide mine will use cyanide to extract gold and produce sulfuric acid. When they store the permanent tailing's storage on site, it will produce acid mine drainage or A.M.D. Cyanide is banned in the State of Wisconsin and banned in Lake Township.

Unsafe: The mine pit will be 150 feet from the Menominee River. You are not allowed to put a septic system in that close to a waterway so how can you put a sulfide mine in? The tailing will be buried in the mine pit and be there for the life of the earth. Can we leave this to our future generations so a Canadian Company can benefit from U.S.?

Even after 30 years of regulation, water pollution is still a big problem today 39% of the rivers and 45% of the lakes are polluted and 51% at the estuaries that are monitored are contaminated by humans.

Ending: Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if mankind perished utterly, and spring herself, when she woke at dawn,would scarcely know that we were gone.

Concerned,

Jeffery J. Budish,

Peshtigo



Editor:

Re: Are federal employees being treated with the respect due to free men and women?

I believe they are not. It appears to me they are being treated like indentured servants by a master that can legally threaten their economic security, withhold compensation, and require work without pay at his or her sole discretion. The federal government is doing that now. The federal government has the power to penalize or end a career without cause other than an employee refuses to work without pay. Private sector professional employees and most union members in the private sector would not stand for those conditions. The result of this federal action is severe economic hardship for families and a clear message to job seekers (the federal government is an unreliable and heartless employer).

Why is this happening? The federal government is under no obligation to pass any funding bills at previous funding levels for federal employees. This is clear when bills that fund the government at previous levels sit in the Senate. The Republican Senators and the President Trump refuses to even bring them up for a vote. This is the behavior of a master or slave owner.

What could we do? I suggest we pass guarantees in law that requires federal employees to get paid at regular rates of pay and on regular intervals independent of government inaction.

Gilbert Engel,

Niagara



Editor:

If you are still unsure about the proposed mine threat here, do this one thing:  Look at https://www.youtube.com /watch?v=VYYwzAvQIF8. Here you will see a Canadian mine's "modern technology" (simple earthen dam to hold toxic mine wastes) fail, and ruin a formerly pristine waterway.  People cannot use their water. Fishing and tourism destroyed. Trees leveled then threatening the bridge downstream"  Remember, all these mines pollute.  They may not fail so visibly, but the acid mine drainage leaches mineral toxins (lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.) into the ground and surface water.

Remember, Aquila has no plan for any catastrophe, and not enough money for its cleanup.  If these mine companies had to provide the money for their own pollution, they would not be profitable.  They take their profits and leave the area" contaminated.

If this proposed mine operates here, our water WILL become toxic.  Marinette & Menominee's public water comes from the bay, just beyond the mouth of the river.  Think about it, NO usable river, bay, surface, or ground water? Our property values will drop. What about all local food and water-dependent businesses?  Tourism?  Us? Our homes, cabins, recreation?  Our next generations? All living things need water.  We cannot allow any (sulfide mineral) mining in our area. 

Yes, we still can prevent this mine!  Alas, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (MDEQ) boss approved their 4th permit even though the actual staff reviewers and the EPA's water quality staff all opposed it.  (Luckily Michigan's new governor replaced that boss!)  All their permits were granted "with conditions".  If they cannot meet these conditions they cannot mine.  If they cannot get investors to fund this doomed mine, they cannot continue.  Or if we can stop them in the courts, they won't mine here.

We need everyone's actual help, not just verbal support on FaceBook. We need money for lawsuits to stop this mine.  We need volunteers to staff our educational, community, and fund-raising events.  We need YOU to show the above "Mount Polley mine disaster" video to all your friends, family, neighbors, and members of social, civic, work, or church groups you belong to.  Once people really realize how bad this will be, together we can stop this mine.  No amount of any potential short-term gains will be worth the loss of our home values, businesses, nor enjoyment of our area's treasures.

Act today. Watch the video above. Spread the word. Attend our Save the Menominee River events and offer your help.  Together we can prevent the destruction of our area, but the clock is ticking. We need you.  Don't just hope. Be part of the solution.  Together we can do it!  Learn how and help.

Natalie Lashmet,

Menominee, Mich.


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