Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

Lead pollution a moral issue

The Bunker Hill Mining Company in Kellogg, Idaho, went bankrupt in 1981, creating our nation’s largest Superfund (cleanup) site. The mine continues to pollute at the site of the mine and downstream from Kellogg to Spokane. Lead leaches into the Spokane River from the mine and repositories like the one at the Cataldo Mission. The EPA’s move toward loosening the cleanup requirements will only increase the danger by allowing mining corporations to pollute at higher levels.

This environmental issue is a moral issue. The EPA’s tolerance for pollution disproportionately affects the poor and minority populations.

All citizens must become moral voices for the health of our Spokane River, our region, and our people. Speak up by:

1) Demanding that the EPA shut down the Cataldo Mission toxic soil dump and build permanent leach-free sites.

2) Requiring part of the EPA cleanup funding be dedicated to lead health initiatives such as “Children Run Better Unleaded (CRBU).”

3) Attending the Dec. 29 CBRU planning meeting at Silver Valley Resource Center, 204 Oregon, Kellogg, Idaho.

4) Becoming informed regarding other toxic sites such as Midnite Mine (uranium) and the proposed Newport Smelter.

Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho — which includes atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sufis, Unitarians and Wiccans — cannot ignore this moral issue.

Rev. Gen Heywood, Convener

Barbara Miller, Director of Silver Valley Resource Center


Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters of no more than 200 words on topics of public interest. Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt. We accept no more than one letter a month from the same writer. Please remember to include your daytime phone number and street address. The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.

Send letters to:
Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430