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Empire Editorial: Mount Polley breach a thunderous warning (Juneau Empire)

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has become a cause célèbre for environmentalists nationwide.

Southeast Alaska is far less remote and barren — and yet, for some reason its protection is not yet a national issue.

It needs to be, and now.

Grand and gorgeous, this portion of The Last Frontier — home to key salmon and other habitats — is under threat of potential devastation today.

As Rivers Without Borders puts it, “at the headwaters of a tributary of the Unuk River, just upstream from Misty Fiords National Monument in Alaska,” a proposed massive open-pit and underground mine known as KSM — Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell — threatens to despoil the frontier and endanger pristine habitats that we humans have come to not only awe, but also depend upon for life.

If that precarious balance weren’t already enough in focus, the startling breach of the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia on Aug. 4 should have jolted us all awake.

(To read complete source article, click "Juneau Empire")

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