Poisonous legacy of phosphate mining in SE Idaho not contained-
One issue I wish folks would follow most closly is the massive contamination of soil and water by phosphate mining in the big Western phosphate field centered in SE Idaho.
The one organization working hard on this and doing a good job is the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, which has devoted many staff and resources pushing for cleanup and preventing expansion of the mines until some cleanup success is achieved.
This is a big threat to fish, wildlife, and drinking water along the Idaho/Wyoming border.
Story by the GYC. “Cleanup” worsens selenium contamination at Smoky Canyon.
Recently even the Pocatello, Idaho State Journal, a city where phosphate processing produces quite a few well paying jobs, editorialized against the lack of successful cleanup.