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‘Dead wrong’

As a lifelong Superior, Ariz. resident, I resent Senators McCain and Kyl and Rep. Kirkpatrick promoting a mine here for two foreign companies, BHP and Rio Tinto. Both have horrendous third-world pollution and human rights records.

This “land swap” bill exempts these companies from disclosing their mine’s 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.

But these companies lobbied Congress for exemption from NEPA. Now we only have the word of two recognized multi-national scofflaws that our water, air, Apache Leap and Forest Service lands will be unharmed. That’s dead wrong.

– Charlene Orlick

Superior, Ariz.