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By Robert Frodeman

Seeks to redraw the bounds among the fields of geology and environmental philosophy.

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Certainly, part of the reason for this is that we know how to conduct scientific research and economic analyses—not to minimize the difficulty of such work—while our culture has largely given up on thinking through the ethical, aesthetic, and theological aspects of societal controversies like acid mine drainage. It has been drummed into our heads that these latter topics are not susceptible to rational treatment. Acid Mine Philosophy 27 In fact, it is not possible to point to any one particular law, one set of facts, one individual, or one group as having triggered the last ten years of controversy in the San Juans.

The Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology approved the overall reclamation plan. But Sunnyside also needed the Department of Public Health and Environment to release them from their NPDES permit for the water that was leaving the site. The flow from the mine, which averaged two thousand gallons per minute, was only mildly acidic, but it did contain high levels of zinc and iron. Prior to the Clean Water Act, the water had flowed directly into Cement Creek. In the 1970s, however, the previous mining operator had built a water treatment plant that operated under a NPDES water discharge permit that had been issued by the CDPHE.

Of course, it took a while for this message to take hold. Natural theology flourished through the eighteenth century in the form of the argument from design.

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