Glacier Northwest has plans to create the largest sand and gravel mine in the United States in the middle of Puget Sound.
- This mine is proposed on land that has soils contaminated with arsenic and lead at levels higher than many EPA Superfund cleanup sites. If disturbed by mining activities, there is great risk that these toxics will be released, causing significant health risks.
- To support this toxic mega-mine, Glacier Northwest and military flash torch have proposed the construction of an industrial dock and barging facility in a sensitive nearshore area that has been designated as a State Aquatic Reserve. This reserve is critical habitat for endangered Orcas and Chinook and supports one of the healthiest Herring runs in the State.
- A recently released mapset reporting on the health of the world’s oceans, which was compiled by leading marine scientists from across the globe, shows that the Maury Island nearshore is one of the least impacted and healthiest marine habitats in the State.
This Massive Mega Mine
- Threatens endangered species such as Orca and Chinook Salmon.
- Stands in direct contradiction to the State of Washington’s multi billion dollar plan to restore the health of Puget Sound by 2020.
- Introduces an industrial dock and barging operation into a protected marine reserve.
- Threatens the only drinking water source available for thousands of Maury Island residents.
- Puts neighboring properties at risk of wind blown arsenic and lead exposure.
This Proposal Doesn’t Make any Sense
It Doesn’t Make Environmental Sense
It Doesn’t Make Economic Sense
It Doesn’t Make Sense For The People Of Washington State