Running on the beach
15 minutes ago
|My lonely bike because I work a later schedule than most.|
|Even the flag had already gone to rest for the evening.|
|Pretending I have a handle-bar camera as I exit the driveway.|
|About to descend.|
|Stop 20 meters into descent for dramatic view.|
|It's easy to miss this ped/bike shortcut when whizzing downhill. It leads through a neighborhood.|
|To another ped/bike way behind the DOC (Department of Commerce, NIST & NOAA) Laboratories. Then a couple of blocks through another neighborhood and along the Broadway bike path. I wave to the atomic clocks as I roll by.|
|Then roll through the University of Colorado, Boulder to central Boulder and home.|
|People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored from a mine waste spill. Credit Jerry Mcbride/The Durango Herald, via Associated Press|
In short, Kay Gonda is one of Rand’s Nietzschean protagonists — an über-frau who has fans, not friends, and who thinks that she towers above all the losers and “second-handers” who populate the world.To admit to having a mother would be to admit that one owes the debt of life to a 'second-hander'.
“Kay Gonda does not cook her own meals or knit her own underwear. She does not play golf, adopt babies, or endow hospitals for homeless horses. She is not kind to her dear old mother — she has no dear old mother."
Ginny Brannon, director of the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety, told the Denver Post that until 1977, Colorado had few laws requiring mining companies to deal with the wastewater they created.After the John Galts of the world were done doing unspeakable things to the land, they let someone else deal with their damage.
“Folks could go out and do what they want and walk away from the sites, and this is one of them,” she said.
The Animas River Stakeholders Group that was set up to deal with the issue after the mines were closed, which includes Sunnyside Gold Corp., didn’t have the estimated $12 million to $15 million it would take to treat the contaminated runoff. And for years, Silverton residents resisted EPA involvement out of fear that the “Superfund” label given to the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites would jeopardize the tourism industry — the only source of income that could replace the vanished mines. A few even hoped that the mines would reopen one day.That's $1.5 BILLION of federal dollars to clean up one mine site that isn't even designated a Superfund site.
Meanwhile supporters of EPA intervention accused Sunnyside of stonewalling the cleanup attempt to avoid liability.
The two sides reached an agreement of sorts this year. The mines would not be designated a Superfund site, and the EPA would provide $1.5 billion to plug the problematic Red and Bonita mine, where polluted water drained at a rate of 500 gallons per minute, according to the Durango Herald.
“There is usually wave after wave of people floating past, but today nothing,” said Sairi Dwyer, 32, watching the yellow water roll past. “The EPA causes all of this and then they say, ‘Oh well’ and nothing happens. If you or I did this or anything close we’d be in jail.”Even the headlines in the NY Times (the Times!) give the impression that the Feds caused this mess.