Gateway Green Alliance/Green Party of St. Louis


Letters to Missouri's US Representatives on lead mining

Sat, 16 Oct 1999

The following was sent to US Reps McCarthy, Gephardt, and Clay:

US Representative Karen McCarthy,

VIA FAX

We understand that you are on record in opposition to the Interior Appropriations bill - because the current version contains a number of "riders" that have the effect of overriding environmental, natural resource, public lands management, and budgetary analysis laws.

We are particularly concerned about a rider inserted by Senator Kit Bond that would take away the legal authority of the Secretary of the Interior to act on mineral withdrawal for the federal lands in the watersheds of the Jacks Fork, Current, and Eleven Point Rivers. These rivers and streams are the essence of the Ozarks and extremely valuable from any perspective: environmental, natural resources, and economic.

We have a study conducted under the auspices of the Department of Economics of UMC that show that lead mining in Shannon, Ripley, Oregon and Howell counties has a high potential of devastating the economies of those counties.

We wish to thank you for your stance on this measure and would ask that you vote "NO" on the current version of the Interior Appropriations bill and insist that the House-passed version (without the riders) be the one that gets sent to President.

Questions: Call 573-815-9250.


Ken Midkiff



Letter to US Reps whose positions are doubtful or wrong

The following was sent to US Reps Danner, Talent, Hulshof, Emerson, Blunt, and Skelton:

October 15, 1999

US Representative Kenny Hulshof,

VIA FAX

We would ask that you vote "NO" on the Interior Appropriations bill - because the current version contains a number of "riders" that have the effect of overriding environmental, natural resource, public lands management, and budgetary analysis laws.

We are particularly concerned about a rider inserted by Senator Kit Bond that would take away the legal authority of the Secretary of the Interior to act on mineral withdrawal for the federal lands in the watersheds of the Jacks Fork, Current, and Eleven Point Rivers. These rivers and streams are the essence of the Ozarks and extremely valuable from any perspective: environmental, natural resources, and economic.

We have a study conducted under the auspices of the Department of Economics of UMC that shows that lead mining in Shannon, Ripley, Oregon and Howell counties has a high potential of devastating the economies of those counties.

Again, we would request that you vote "NO" on the current version of the Interior Approps bill and insist that the House-passed version (without the riders) be the one that gets sent to President.

Questions: Call 573-815-9250.




Ken Midkiff


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