PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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Is freedom a thing of the past?

By From page A5 | April 03, 2013

EDITOR:

Is science twisted to remove our freedom? The Environmental Protection Agency and its associates have been using tainted science to remove source income and food from the tables of our citizens. In 2009 they shut down dredging with a moratorium until 2013 to do an Environmental Impact Report on dredging but before completing it they extended the moratorium to 2016 because their science was faltering. Dredging was to resume with changes made by the Department of Fish and Game after the EIR but they didn’t like that because it actually let dredging resume so they sued to stop it again. Again they found that they were losing the battle so they slipped a trailer bill into legislation and got the moratorium extended indefinitely. The bill stated that all information submitted would have to be mitigated which is impossible.

Again they have gone another step to stop us. They are using our state’s water board to stop us from dredging using the same tainted scientific evidence that they tried to use on us in the court battles. So the California State Water Board is proposing legislation to stop dredging permanently under the guise that it causes harm from mercury being reintroduced to the waterway, which has been proven insignificant due to the fact that California waterways have selenium in substantial quantities to render methylmercury harmless. Why are they so determined to get us out of the river? (The DFG’s EIR findings can be found online.)

Suction dredging is the single most environmentally responsible method of gold mining yet invented. In the 40 years it has been ongoing suction dredgers have removed from the watersheds over 2.5 metric tons of mercury. This estimate is based on a California Department of Fish and Game survey (the only survey) of suction dredgers. In addition to mercury the suction dredge miners have removed uncounted tons of lead and iron from the waterways. A suction dredge is so efficient at removing heavy metals even the environmental groups are petitioning to use one to remove mercury from Lake Combie. The Sierra Fund is going to receive millions of taxpayers’ dollars to dredge the waterways to remove the mercury in the same manner as the dredging community has been doing for free. If anyone should be paid for removing it should be the people that are mining the river for the minerals that it produces, which includes mercury. We remove 98 percent of the mercury (proven by DFG studies) and their method is only 78 percent plus.

Our system is broken and needs to be repaired. Our rights have been whittled to the point that a person that wants to be free can’t because the laws have made it so that they have to depend on the government to survive. This is so outrageous for our constitution to be overlooked and tromped on by special interest groups that don’t have to answer to the people, but are paid by the people to be able to remove our rights that our constitution has afforded us. We are not Russia and this needs to be stopped now. Farmers, property owners, timber harvesters and alike, don’t set on your backside fight for the right to pursue your goals. I feel that they, our government, more now than ever are trying to execute Agenda 21 no matter who it hurts.

MARTIN SCHUMANN
Placerville

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