August 28, 2008

Alaskan Voters Back Mining Over Fish


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaskans were given an option when voting for an initiative in their primary election: mining or fish.

They chose mining.

With more than 84 percent of votes tallied today, the measure was declared dead with more than 57 percent of voters rejecting it.

The ballot measure would have imposed two water quality standards on any new large-scale mines in Alaska.

Had it passed, it would have restricted large, new mines from releasing toxic pollutants into water that would adversely affect the health of humans or salmon.

Opponents of the initiative say if it had passed, it would have killed large-scale mining in Alaska.

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