|Former official's assurances belied by state's sorry history|
Bob Loeffler, a top state Department of Natural Resources official told the New York Times, "Alaska's modern mines actually have a very good record with respect to water quality and fish. The notion that's inevitable that any permitted mine will pollute the water and kill the fish is just not true."
Assurances like these lack credibility, given the record. As we reported last year, a 2001 report by the National Park Service documented high levels of toxic metals at the Red Dog Zinc Mine in Alaska's northwest Arctic. In fact, the NPS found that concentrations of toxins at the mine, its haul road, and sea port equal those found at the most polluted industrial sites in Eastern Europe.
|Wildlife in "southeast" threatened by multiple mines|
The breathtakingly beautiful region of Southeast Alaska near Juneau, from where much of our sockeye hails, is threatened by proposals for mines in Berners Bay, the Taku watershed, and the Admiralty Island National Monument: places famed for their teeming wildlife, cultural significance, recreational opportunities, and scenic beauty.
For more information on the mining threats to Southeast Alaska, click here and here.