January 17, 2016
Missouri is buying a park. That’s nice. I like parks.
But there’s a catch:
Over the years, lead mining companies in Missouri have been fined $49.3 million for environmental damage. The money was to be used for restoration projects in southeast and southern Missouri. Now the trustees of the money want to use almost $11 million of the money to buy a park, plus fund some native plant and stream restoration.
Some communities that were affected by the damage are upset that the trustees want to use that money to buy a park. They feel that the settlement money should actually be used to clean up the environment.
Who’d have thunk it?