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by Lynn Alldrin (Letter to the Editor)
Fort Collins Coloradoan
August 5, 2008

It's a shame that Donna Gallup is apparently unaware that it was the residents of Northern Colorado who contacted their state representatives, including Republican state Sen. Steve Johnson, with their well-grounded fears and concerns about in-situ leach uranium mining happening on their land, against their will. These elected officials listened to their constituents and responded. That's what they're elected to do.

It appears that Gallup chose to ignore the research that she didn't like. For instance, the company (which has personnel links to PowerTech) doing leach uranium mining in Wyoming has an alarming number of environmental violations; i.e., "an inordinate number of spills, leaks and other releases." There has been both surface and groundwater pollution with radioactive materials and other substances.

PowerTech doesn't have a track record of its own, just friends like these and promises, which if not kept, would be deadly to the land so close to Fort Collins and the people who are our neighbors.

In addition, PowerTech cannot mine uranium in their own backyard because British Columbia is protecting the province and has put a moratorium on uranium exploration and development.

It seems that Reps. Randy Fisher and John Kefalas, along with Sens. Bob Bacon and Johnson listened wisely, read widely and legislated responsibly, in the best interests of the citizens of Larimer County. Gallup's recent pronouncements second-guessing their extensive work indicates she would not be likely to follow their example if she were elected in HD 53.

Lynn Alldrin lives in Fort Collins




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