Sean

Anchorage, AK

#1 Feb 17, 2006
OK...I'll grant you it's not as exciting as gay movies. However...
I live in a small town in Alaska. There are currently plans to develop the second-largest open-pit mine in North America (after Kennecott) directly across the bay from us.
People here are up in arms, as our town thrives on the salmon and halibut industry. I'm wondering if any of you can or would be willing to tell me what kind of impact the mine has had on neighboring towns.
Anyone care to weigh in?
John

Ogden, UT

#2 Dec 21, 2006
I grew up in Magna UT which borders kenecotts property and have recently been thinking of buying a house their. Studies I've read show elevated levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead in the soil in magna but concludes it is unlikely to cause health problems. the tap water is terrible in magna and tooele (most people won't drink it) the great salt lake (one of the largest lakes in North America) also has elevated levels of cadmium arsenic and lead. The property values in Magna are the LOWEST in the entire Salt Lake Valley Tooele property values (Tooele is on the other side of the mountain) are also lower than other small utah cities. I wouldn't even consider living near Kennecott if I could afford to live somewhere else.

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