US senators: Lax Canadian mine regulation endangers our salmon (Seattlepi)
Salmon runs and spawning streams shared by the U.S. and Canada could be threatened by big Canadian mining developments and the lax regulatory climate that led to British Columbia’s Mount Polley environmental disaster, two U.S. senators warned Monday.
“We have to show these people that salmon know no boundaries,” Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said while touring facilities at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said he supports mines “but the right kind of mines.” Begich is worried at mine projects in the Canadian headwaters of the Stikine-Iskut, Unuk and Taku Rivers, all important salmon streams which flow into Southeast Alaska.
Begich called the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., last week and wrote a strongly worded letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.
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