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Sand Mines "Too"
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 • Posted November 23, 2011

Many thanks to Dorrett Townsend for her recent letter to the editor in the Mason County News. I have been struggling with thoughts concerning the proposed sand mines since I first read Gerry's very informative article in the News. We have been renovating the old Methodist Church in Katemcy for a few years in the hopes of making it available as a meeting place and a location to host reunions, weddings, and a variety of other celebrations. Upon reading Gerry's article we felt our plans, our investment and all the work that we had so far put into the church could possibly go down the drain. Who would want to live, work or play in an area less that a mile from a silica sand mine knowing that the breathing of those silica fibers could cause silicosis for which there is no cure.I would like to share with you a book I have just read about Libby, Montana that welcomed a corporation to come into their town to mine for vermiculite not realizing tha the vermiculite contained a lethal form of asbestos, (also in the silica family). The mine promised jobs and a greater tax base for the Libby. Sound familiar? When people began developing and dying from asbestosis in the 70's, the corporation denied there was asbestosis in the vermiculite and the state and federal government turned a blind eye. The book is Libby: The True Story of How the WR Grace Corporation Left a Montana Town to Die (and Got Away With It) by Andrea Peacock. Consider reading this book and forming you own conclusions.

Kristan McCully

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