Groups sue over Alton Coal mine expansion in southern Utah

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  • FelisConcolor Layton, UT
    April 18, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    "...there is no safe level of air pollution exposure."

    This is utter nonsense.

    Every pollutant follows a dose-response relationship in human exposures. High exposures will cause greater damage, lower exposures will cause less damage, and at a certain level of exposure there is no significant effect whatsoever -- i. e., "safe".

    To argue otherwise is to ignore centuries of research and turn the science of pharmacology on its head.

    Furthermore, pollutants such as PM 2.5 and ozone are constantly present in the air in varying amounts, and always have been throughout human history. It is ridiculous to imply that these low natural background levels are somehow dangerous, and even more ridiculous to believe humans are even capable of eliminating such exposures.

    What is most bizarre about these claims is that they are being made by a physician's group, people who prescribe and administer far more toxic substances to individuals on a daily basis. For example, botulinum toxin is the most toxic substance known to man, yet doctors regularly use it safely (Botox).

    I doubt you would hear these doctors arguing that there is "no safe level" of Botox exposure.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2019 7:34 a.m.

    Libs think what sure stepped on his what with that comment. Durr.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 16, 2019 9:46 p.m.

    @libs think what??? - Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2019 6:19 p.m.
    "of course, that's better than the reclaimation plan the EPA used at the Colorado gold mine that dumped toxic waste into the river."

    Genius deflection! Ever wonder WHY the EPA was there in the first place? Because extraction companies, like Alton, trashed the environment and folded before reclamation. Leaving the taxpayers to pay hundreds of millions to clean up their mess. Again.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    April 16, 2019 8:20 p.m.

    Watch a genuine cash and dash.

    The mining company will be sold to an offshore company that one year later will go bankrupt before the reclamation is started.

    It will then becomea Superfund Cleanup project and cost will fall on the taxpayers.

    Kind of like that movie Groundhog Day. They keep doing the same thing over and over and over and America foots the bill.

  • libs think what??? Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2019 6:19 p.m.

    failed to take a hard look? no, failed to rule the way the lefties wanted.

    partial7
    so you are saying the state should have control, since it is the state citing them for deviating from the reclaimation plan, not the feds.

    of course, that's better than the reclaimation plan the EPA used at the Colorado gold mine that dumped toxic waste into the river

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 16, 2019 3:46 p.m.

    Here's what Utah Government says about Alton Coal almost 4 years ago.
    "Alton Coal Development has deviated from the mining methods approved in its permits and failed to properly reseed reclamation areas, backfill mine pits in the time allotted, properly reconstruct Lower Robinson Creek and rehabilitate 355 acres of off-site sage grouse habitat, according to documents filed with the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM)."

    They are ruining our irreplaceable lands and our Legislators, that should be protecting them, are doing the opposite. The good thing is that this suit will tie them up in court for 18 months. By that time, we'll have elected a new President that won't allow his "contributors" to destroy America's scenic lands.