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Union Members Speak-Up at Contamination Hearing

Published by MAC on 2003-09-10

Union Members Speak-Up at Contamination Hearing

Salt Lake City, Utah - On Wednesday September 10, 2003, the State of Utah Natural Resource Damage Trustee held a public hearing. The hearing was to propose and to receive public comment on a ground water cleanup project. The water has been contaminated from mining activities at Kennecott Utah Copper.

About 30 Union members (over 1/2 of the crowd) attended the hearing. Diane Heminway (USWA) spoke and addressed some areas where the proposal fell short. She said that it would allow selenium and other heavy metals to enter the wetlands of the Great Salt Lake and continue to damage wildlife and the environment.

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