PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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By From page A5 | September 04, 2013

EDITOR:

Thousands of California miners are being subjected to cronyism to the fullest extreme. Sierra Club is now trying to influence the governor for appropriations for mining all the reservoirs and rivers that contain mercury by using tainted and nonexistent science. They are stating that they are working on a system that will remove mercury from the rivers along with the gold; they are asking for large chunks of taxpayer money to continue their work even though the state water board said that the rivers in the Sierra Nevadas are the least polluted rivers in the United States and that the fish after a multi-year study are well below the safe mercury content. Selenium is one of the main reasons because it naturalizes mercury and all the rivers have more than enough to keep our fish safe to eat.

If they are so determined to remove the mercury it would seem that they could share their technology with the mining community. No doubt the miners would welcome a change from not working to working and making a living from the natural resources that California has to offer, besides the miners wouldn’t charge the state taxpayers a dime to clean all the rivers and the reservoirs, unlike the Sierra Club and its constitutes that have to be paid millions of dollars for something that can be done free. That’s right free, not a taxpayer dollar.

MARTIN SCHUMANN
Placerville

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