There's no telling when dirty land is really safe
My view...mining is when we undo the bonds that have been created by nature,
creating good (minerals) and bad (tailings), the balance needs to be considered.
We generally wantt o see the good in things so we see what business shows us,
the value of the minerals, and generally we participate in the benefits of that
capitalsim...until the consequences appear years later, in the form of filthy
water, increased cancer rates, and spoiled land. Thank you DS for reminding us
of the full stream costs of minng. We shoul pay for these costs at the front
end of the cycle, when the extraction is producing value that we want...it's
like paying a deposit on those glass bottles.
Dumprake: I used to think that too, until I was effected by it personally. Just
talk to any downwinder ....you might walk away with a different perspective.
Thank you for writing this series; the story needs to be told. All people see
of Kennecott now is the name Rio Tinto on the soccer stadium, (a giant PR spin).
They need to know what went on in years past. I have found it interesting how
Kennecott became so environmentally friendly when they started cleaning up and
covering up their own mess so they could build Daybreak. Note to people of
Daybreak: if you plant a vegetable garden, use a grow box! Thanks again D News
for running this story.
This is the kind of local investigative journalism that is lacking in most local
papers. Thank you for the informative piece. This is some of the best writing
I've seen in this paper.
what a dumb story, wasted space and time. environmental stories have an
inglorious history of being phony, madeup nonsense.
Right on Desert Dweller! I think the most toxic thing we have ON our soil are
the Waddoups, Valentines, Lockharts, and of course Hatch and Lee.
Right across the property mentioned in the story there is new development by the
UTA. A parking structure for a trax station was built there, and there are
businesses planned there as well. I wonder if that soil was checked as well? I
also wonder if the lead can spread in the dust created by the construction? I live a few blocks west of the Lisonbee's. I grow all my vegetables in
planters off the ground due to my concern of contaminants in the ground.
Kennecott has left us a great legacy.
The article mentioned cancer specificallly, but what about autoimmune disease?
I would have never given soil contamination much thought until three members of
my family suffered from three different types of autoimmune disease to which we
had no family background or history of. Our neighborhood in Tooele County had a
high incidence of autoimmune disease (6 people in a 1 block radius, those were
people I knew about) mainly Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease and Thyroid
disorders, three of which my family are afflicted with....our solution was to
move. Glad we did! Since moving locations (out of Tooele County), the markers
for autoimmune disease also went down. Unfortunately, two of my children will
never be the same again.I wish it was state law to have soils tested and
homeowners aware of what is in the soil before building on or purchasing
pre-existing homes. I didn't know until later that the Tooele Valley was once a
superfund site, it would have changed where I chose to buy....definately not
you should be concerened about the politicians that let it happen and turn a
blind eye to it.
Another sad story of how we are not taking care of the earth and not respecting
what she provides for us. Since the public is not fully informed about what
types of contaminants from the mines are still flowing into the groundwater, it
makes it look like the surface water is not feeding into the groundwater and the
groundwater is not feeding the aquifer. As this unfolds, we will realize that
the three levels of water are linked. I hope the public will understand how we
are destroying the earth, without water, there will be no life, unfortunately,
there will be continued development because state laws promote land use
After reading this article, I will have my soil tested. It is unfortunate that
the home buyer has to check so many things before it is safe to purchase
anything. The real estate sales folk just need to find a naive purchaser to
dump their listing on so they can smile all the way to the bank.
Wow Amy keep up the good work, what a sad but informative story I will read the
rest as it comes out. Thanks for letting us know what is going on, as I was
reading this I was thinking of the show Erin Brockovich Which seems to be right
here in our backyard
After confirming that there is no proven connection between the cancer cluster
and mining; after finding the EPA declared land clean; DN still is running a
three part series claiming that questions are still being raised? Why the hit
piece on our mining heritage? You make it sound like greedy prospectors prior to
1970 poured poison into rivers when in fact mother nature had been leaching
naturally occurring lead and other metals into streams for centuries before any
Mormon or Gentile ever entered the Salt Lake Valley. Mining is not some evil
conspiracy to poison humanity; it is an honorable profession and a worthy
heritage. Without men like Jesse Knight and even James Talmage, a mining
geologist before becoming a Mormon Apostle, Utah would not have prosperity and
the economic standing it has today. There's no telling when
dirty misleading reporting is really safe, to paraphrase the lead-in to this DN
hit piece on mining. UT mines need a good PR agency, because this piece is
scandalous! When we dynamite smokestacks and backfill our history we forget the
important contributions our mining pioneers gave us. And if we forget them, who
will remember us?