congressional delegation is lining up to oppose the Environmental
Protection Agency's mining cleanup plans in the Coeur d'Alene basin. In a joint news release, the delegation took turns criticizing the cost of the plan. Of some note here are comments from 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson,
R-Idaho. While his district is hundreds of miles from the Coeur d'Alene
basin, Simpson sits in a key position on this issue. In a
Republican-controlled House, Simpson will chair an appropriations
subcommittee with jurisdiction over EPA. "Setting all other arguments aside, there can be no justification for
the costs associated with these changes given the current economic
challenges facing our nation and the enormous debt Congress and the
administration continue to pile on future generations," wrote Simpson/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Are the costs of the proposed EPA cleanup of the Silver Valley justified in view of the current economic situation in this country?