In response to The Union publisher’s provocative piece on Rise Gold project

Ralph Silberstein - CEA Foundation July 23, 2020

Columns published by a community newspaper generally endeavor to address issues in a factual and respectful manner. The publication of columns such as The Union publisher’s July 10 piece “Not so fast with writing off the mine” seem to cross the line in a way that is a disservice to the community.

Here are just a few of the many points that were misguided:

Regarding the claim that people should support the mine because it will clean up the existing tailings: the legacy tailings are being cleaned up regardless of whether or not the mine project is approved. The clean-up is an ongoing project under the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Even if the permit to open the mine is never granted, RISE is required to clean up the tailings. That is a good thing. No one is trying to stop that. Read the full "Other Voices" column in The Union.

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