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Boise Condemns Atlanta Gold Mine

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has never been one to shy away from speaking his opinion, and last February was no exception. When Canadian-owned Atlanta Gold announced plans to start a large cyanide heap leaching gold mine near Atlanta, near the headwaters of the Boise River, public outrage was quick to follow. Around Boise, we really don't have many issues with Canadians (although, sorry, but that's not bacon. That's ham). But when it comes to our drinking water, well, we can get a little riled up. Bieter and the Boise City Council passed a resolution against the proposed mine. We say "Huzzah" to this clear example of putting the good of the public over money. Too bad the resolution was merely nonbinding.

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