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The Mat-Su Assembly Chooses Profits over Families: Seriously?

June 7, 2012

Why is the Mat-Su Borough afraid to study the health impacts coal development will have on our region?

Last evening the Borough Assembly voted to protect a private company’s profits instead of the health of Mat-Su Families.

In a 4-3 vote, the Assembly rejected a resolution that would have asked the State of AK to complete a Comprehensive Health Impact Assessment on the Wishbone Hill coal mine proposal.  A Comprehensive HIA would have given Mat-Su families a full understanding of the potential human health impacts the coal mine could create.

With strong resistance to the resolution from Usibelli and their front group Mat-Su Business Alliance, Assembly members Ron Arvin, Noel Woods, Steve Colligan, and Darcie Salmon all chose to ignore the health and welfare of the residents of the Mat-Su.

On the other hand, a great big THANK YOU to Assembly members Warren Keogh, Jim Colver, and Vern Halter for thinking of the health and welfare of Valley families before the banks accounts of big business.  They made the right choice!

As we all know, knowledge is key.  The vote on this resolution was a chance for Assembly members to show they care about having the most accurate and thorough information available to protect the citizens they were elected to serve and unfortunately they’ve sent a clear signal that they do not care about the community.

But this isn’t the end!  The decision to do a Comprehensive HIA is a state decision so please continue to submit your comments to the state through June 14th.

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