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[GreenYes] Dept of Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett

Lynn Scarlett of Reason Foundation (primary source for John Tierney's "Recycling is Garbage" NYT magazine article has been appointed Acting Secretary for the Dept. of the Interior, which administers federal land leases for mining companies at a price of $5 per acre, which:

1) was set in 1872, during the Apache Indian wars
2) does not collect enough revenue to pay the salaries of DOI staff who administer those leases
3) does not cover the cost of roads put into forests by Dept of the Interior to provide access to mining and timber interests
4) pays 0% royalty on the gold etc. extracted from the federal land, and
5) bankrupted Superfund (14 of the 15 largest superfund sites are located at mining sites)

I am hoping Ms. Scarlett will use the insights she gained from Reason Foundation to come up with something like a "user fee" for mining and timber companies.

Robin Ingenthron

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