Published: Tuesday, July 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
The sky is not falling. Kennecott is not closing the mine. Kennecott is a
responsible company doing responsible things. It is not poisoning us. We
don't have to wear respirators. We don't have to filter our water.
We don't have to raise our kids in a "bubble".
@Mike Richards - This OP-ED does not imply that the sky is falling or that
Kennecot is an irresponsible company. It simply points out the hard truth -
when the mine closes, as all mines eventually must, Kennecott is currently not
obligated to clean up what is left behind. Mines that are not properly
maintained or cleaned up will poison the population. Clean up costs money. The
company that profited for so many years should be responsible for the clean up,
not the tax payers. This is a strictly economic argument. BUT economics aside,
Kennecott DOES pollute A LOT. Our children and grandchildren already pay for
that with their health, maybe we can at least fix it so they don't have to
shoulder the economic burden of cleaning up. To state that the mine
doesn't pollute our air and water only just ignores all data, even our own
data from the DEQ. Just because they have permits, doesn't mean that they
I've always wondered what the plan is when Kennecot eventually closes. It
will close eventually, and what happens then? Apparently I had good reason to
wonder, because it sounds like they don't know either, nor has any money
been set aside for such a purpose.I am not against mining, it
provides valuable materials for our society. It also provides many great jobs to
our communities. I am however against mining without a clear plan in place for
reclaiming the land when the mining is done. We shouldn't just pass the
buck onto our children and grand children. Once again Utah demonstrates it puts
corporate interests above those of it's citizens.
I was just up in the Mineral Basin area this morning, and the legacy of our
pioneers still remains, lots of old abandoned mines dotting the landscape.
Apparently mining without cleaning up is a proud Utah tradition.
If you're serious about "clean up" and "responsibility, what
assets have you pledged to "clean up" your yard. Eventually your house
will become obsolete. How much money have you put aside to demolish that house
and to return your lot to "original" conditions? People who
demand that others "clean up" and then do nothing to insure that they
will personally clean up the mess that they leave behind are bashing business.
Everyone of us leaves a footprint. Everyone of us who drives a car is
contributing to pollution. Everyone of us who uses electricity is contributing
to pollution. Everyone of us who uses heating and cooling is contributing to
pollution.Until those who create pollution stops their person
pollution, they have nothing to say about a business that meets all standards
for pollution control.Pointing fingers does not solve problems.
Turn off your car, your electricity, your sewer, and then tell us what we need
If you really don't see the difference Mike then there isn't much I
can say to make you change your opinion.
We have a serious problem in our society. People are pointing fingers at others
while they enjoy all the benefits produced by "others". People tell us
that we can only travel 55 mph on "their" roads, roads which we have all
paid for. They ban "truck traffic". They don't want the noise.
They don't want the traffic. But, they shop at the same stores. They buy
the same goods that all of us buy that were brought to us by that truck traffic.
We have people sitting at their computers, using electricity
generated by "foul and offensive" generators, people who drive their
"gas guzzlers" to buy the things that they want and need, people who
watch TV or "facetime" with their friends or relatives, people who sit
in comfort in their "air conditioned" homes telling us that Kennecott is
the source of our "problems". They refuse to see that THEY are the
source of "our" problems. They are the consumers. They demand that
they have the electricity to do the things that they want.Kennecott
is NOT the problem. Get over it. Shut off everything that you own that
contributes. Become a "caveman".
So I can't demand that Kennecott clean up its act until I choose to live
like a caveman? That's ridiculous. Businesses exist to serve people.
They provide money and jobs and services, but businesses are not OUR masters.
We are THEIR masters. What will Kennecott do? Take its mountain and mine it
somewhere else? Of course not. And I believe that if they wish to do business
in our beautiful valley, they need to clean up their mess. Everyone in the
valley deserves that much. AND just to be clear: I fully support a state that
is "business-friendly." BUT the state also needs to be "people
friendly," and that sometimes means putting limits on pollution and properly
enforcing those limits. Mining IS certainly important and I fully support
mining, BUT it must be responsible. Having no exit plan is NOT responsible. By
failing to demand responsibility, we are selling out our beautiful valley and
its families and ending up with very little to show for it when all is said and
What constitutes a "comment" when responding to those who want to close
down Kennecott? You can't talk about their use of copper. You can't
remind them that without copper they wouldn't be able to do write a comment
or that do their household chores or drive their cars. You can't tell them
that without copper, they would live in a cave.None of that is
allowed. Why is it not allowed? Who made the moderators
responsible for truth? They can let people tell us that we're all doomed
if we don't believe that Kennecott must return the mountain to its original
state. They can let people tell us that Kennecott is somehow responsible for
all our ailments, but they won't let anyone refute them.Unfortunately, moderators don't own the newspaper. The way to fix that
problem is to copy all comments to those who pay the bills.People
who use copper benefit from Kennecott. They can complain all that they want
AFTER they have removed all copper from their lives.
The future of Kennecott is that it will be a huge eyesore on what used to be a
nice looking mountain.
At Kennecott, we accept our responsibility to reclaim land disturbed by mining
activities, and we have a long track record of successfully reclaiming areas no
longer needed for mining. An example is the Daybreak community developed on land
reclaimed from historic mining operations. We recognize that it is the
responsibility of mining companies to provide financial assurance (sometimes
called “bonding”) for reclamation and closure of mined lands in a
manner that will be protective of the community’s health, safety, and
environment. At Kennecott, we have valid financial assurance in place for all of
our facilities and this assurance meets legal requirements. Kennecott also has fully investigated groundwater impacts from historic
operations through a diligent process under federal and state oversight.
Kennecott has entered into enforceable, judicially approved agreements to clean
up groundwater impacts and has provided separate financial assurance to EPA to
assure that this work is completed. Kennecott facilities that have the
potential to discharge to groundwater are permitted under Utah’s
groundwater protection rules.To read about these efforts and more of
our environmental work, please visit our website.
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