Mining bad for health
Jan 07, 2009 | 743 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Recently the Beeville paper announced that the Bee County commissioners agreed to back the uranium companies. After working for a uranium company for five years I would have to disagree with your decision.

I still remember those people living in Three Rivers, calling us in Ray Point saying they can’t breathe because the ammonia in the air was too strong in their house. People, this would be the least of our problems if this actually became a reality.

Think about the restoration well cracking and the entire water reservoir in our county being contaminated and no one knowing for months because the company didn’t want the people to ever find out.

It just doesn’t make sense; CNN announces Iraq is getting uranium from India for their nuclear program. Well, what will make us any better if we start doing the same thing? People just don’t realize the danger behind the processing of uranium and what can happen to the environment in our area.

Just think of NH3, ammonia, hydrochloric acid and ammonia hydroxide being compounded together along with resin and possibly leaking into our water system. People, this is not a laughing matter; it is a combination that can in time be a health hazard to all of Bee County. The only thing is we would not find out until it is too late.

This should be a matter which should be left to the citizens of Bee County, not people who only see dollar bills in their minds and not the safety of its people.

Ernesto DeLuna

Editor’s note: The Bee County Commissioners Court did not pass a resolution in support of uranium mining in Bee County.
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