DETROIT – This November a proposal to regulate Uranium Mining will be appearing on the general election ballot for all Michigan voters to vote on. Most people from Michigan are very unfamiliar with uranium mining, and for good reason, there aren’t any fully operating uranium mines in Michigan, but that could change.
Bitterroot Resources LTD from Canada and Cameco Corporation are two companies who have just finished performing their multi-year, million dollar uranium exploration in the upper peninsula, and they have found uranium in a few of the exploratory drilling spots they examined.
This proposed measure to regulate the Uranium exploration is for good reason; the exploration being performed for uranium by the two companies was completed in the Jacobsville Basin of Michigan, which is the same region the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department of Michigan has found elevated levels of uranium in the drinking water and water wells, well above the federal maximum containment levels.
Is this coincidence or the beginning of a familiar story where big corporations destroy beautiful pristine natural forests, bodies of water and contaminate the wild life and people with dangerous toxins in the name of profits?
I for one will be voting for regulation over Uranium mining, especially in light of the recent findings by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department of Michigan. Having already suffer a huge environmental disaster earlier this year when the largest environmental disaster to strike Michigan occurred in Kalamazoo County where over 800,000 gallons of oil burst though an old shut down pipe not properly regulated.
I have no idea why a group of public representatives including Senators Mike Prusi and Jason Allen along with Representatives Mike Lahti, Steve Lindberg and Judy Nerat released a press release last November condemning increased regulation over Uranium mining.
In the press release they claim no uranium mining ever existed in Michigan, but the fact that both Bitterroot Resources LTD and Cameco Corporation have spent numerous years exploring and finding uranium in the Upper Peninsula leaves me wondering why they would lie to the public. A link to the press release can be found at, http://www.senate.mi.gov/dem/pr.php?id=1466.
If you cherish our beautiful Upper Peninsula and would like to preserve the wild life and safety of the drinking water in Michigan vote yes for the Uranium Mining Proposal this November. To let another unregulated corporation not looking out for the safety of Michigan residents in the short or long term will spell disaster for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the near future.
Sources: State of Michigan Statewide Ballot Proposal Status /http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Bal_Prop_Status_2010_272754_7.pdf
Michigan Senate / U.P. Lawmakers Issue Joint Statement Condemning Anti – U.P. Ballot Proposal /http://www.senate.mi.gov/dem/pr.php?id=1466
Bitterroot Resources LTD / Upper Peninsula Uranium Exploration Overview /http://www.bitterrootresources.com/s/Upper-Peninsula.asp
Western Upper Peninsula Health Department / Uranium and Fluoride Advisory / http://www.wupdhd.org/?page_id=1442