Latest OP EDs Articles condeming Rio Tinto/Kennecott
The most condeming is from the Trib Ed Board, a complete turnaround from a year ago: “But the valley’s miserable air quality can no longer be tolerated. If it comes down to a choice between copper and breathing, that’s an easy call.”
For these five I (Terry Marasco) called a meeting with the Des news Ed Board and they were astounded at our info and asked us to write 5 OP EDs, and they printed them all. They had been printing pro KUC media and came to a “really?” moment after we presented. These five are a good overview:
GO TO http://utahcleanairalliance.org/?page_id=9 TO COMMENTS ON KENNECOTT
The Utah Clean Air Alliance is working closely with local groups to encourage Kennecott Copper and their parent company Rio Tinto to reduce their poor air quality record and become better corporate citizens in the Salt Lake Valley. Kennecott pollutants dominate the airshed: actual percentages of certain airborne pollutants emitted by Kennecott compared to all sources: nitrous oxides, 26 percent; PM 10, 17 percent; PM 2.5, 26 percent; sulfur dioxide, 72 percent.
The Bingham Mine is the LARGEST open mining pit IN THE WORLD and it is in a densely populated area. We are not asking Kennecott/Rio Tinto to close the mine or stop the expansion but, as a highly profitable company polluting in a densely populated airshed to do better than Utah air and water quality standards allow. They have the money.
YOU CAN HELP UCAA Clean Up Kennecott by:
1. We need DOUGH, and that ain’t cookie dough. Write a check to Utah Clean Air Alliance then mail to UCAA, c/o Terry Marasco POB 4216 Salt Lake City, UT 84110. This will pay for information campaigns (TV, radio, print) and legal expertise if needed.
2. Click here http://utahcleanairalliance.org/?page_id=6 to PLEASE ENROLL ME IN YOUR LISTSERV FOR EMAILS (Calls to action such as attending a meeting-writing an letter, latest news/calendar, newest research, critical issues).
3. ACT UP! WHEN REQUESTED TAKE A MINUTE TO ATTEND A MEETING, WRITE A LETTER, SIGN ONTO A LETTER. REMEMBER – LEGISLATORS AND AGENCIES OPERATE AS FOLLOWS: “SILENCE IS CONSENT” (i.e., I haven’t heard from anyone so I guess I’m doing the right thing”)
More information and recent press:
$14.3 Billion in profits and still no money to reduce pollution!
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/51037330-82/kennecott-percent-expansion-pollutants.html.csp (numbers corrected to those above)