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Time for Montana AFL-CIO to evolve
A recent guest column by Montana AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Al Ekblad disparages I-186. The initiative would require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to deny permits for any new hard rock mines if the mine's reclamation plan does not 'contain measures sufficient to prevent the pollution of water without the need for perpetual treatment.' While I appreciate Ekblad's concern for good-paying union mining jobs, he's missing the big picture. Current mining jobs will not be affected, and if future mining jobs depend on despoiling Montana waterways then Ekblad is wrong. It's time for the Montana AFL-CIO to look to the