Idaho Board of Environmental Quality Won’t Even Vote for Voluntary Rules.

Barker: Industry rolls over mercury initiative .
Rocky Barker – Idaho Statesman

Mercury is an element that does not degrade to anything less harmful. It causes developmental problems in children and unborn fetuses and it accumulates in fish and other food sources making them unsafe to eat.

Silver Creek, one of Idaho’s most famed flyfishing streams, has fish with unsafe levels of mercury.

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Ken Cole

Ken Cole is a 5th generation Idahoan, an avid fly fisherman, wildlife enthusiast, and photographer. He is the interim Idaho Director for Western Watersheds Project. We do not accept unsolicited “guest” authors or advertising.

One Response to Barker: Industry rolls over mercury initiative

  1. kt says:

    Well this has the marks, too, of Butch Otter and all those republican friends ICL has been cultivating – yanking the strings of DEQ — too.

    One wonders, too, what role the Simplot phosphate empire has had in all this. Wouldn’t want DEQ regulating ANY pollutants too much, now would we? Or the Simplot stinking cattle feedlot influence as well. ANY regulation in the minds of the Ag clowns that run this state is bad.


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