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Mines’ non-disclosure agreement a bad deal for environment

As a lifelong resident of Superior, I resent Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick for promoting a mine here for two foreign companies, BHP and Rio Tinto.

This “land swap” bill exempts these companies from disclosing their mines’ harms to our health, water, Forest Service lands and Apache sacred places. Normally, mines built on public lands must disclose their harms under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

But these companies lobbied Congress for exemption from NEPA. Now we only have the word of two recognized multinational scofflaws that our water, air, Apache Leap and Forest Service lands will be unharmed.

That’s dead wrong.

- Charlene Orlick
Superior

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