A chemical company plans to dig a small mine on a local farmland and then build a chemical plant to extract the metal nickel from its ore.  Write a letter to the local paper to explain why you...

A chemical company plans to dig a small mine on a local farmland and then build a chemical plant to extract the metal nickel from its ore.

 

Write a letter to the local paper to explain why you don't want this plan to go ahead. The letter has to be formal in the conventional format

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Enotes editors are here to help you learn, but we won't do you homework assignment for you; hence I will instead try to give you some things to think about as you compose your letter.

First, the proposed mine is removing farmland from its current productive state. Generally farms are considered to be attractive, and are desirable neighbors, but mines are not, so the values of the nearby properties will fall if a mine and extraction plant are built on the farm.

Second, mining and ore extraction are well known causes of water pollution, both in surface runoff and subsurface aquifers. It is very difficult to predict where the polluted water will end up; however in most rural farming areas people are dependent on private wells, so this mine may cause many wells to become polluted.

Mining and extraction also create air pollution, which travels in whatever direction the wind is blowing. Again, this type of pollution can impact people at a considerable distance from the source, causing illness and property damage.

Finally, the building and operation of a mining business will probably cause an increase of heavy trucks and equipment travelling over local roads, causing damage to the roads, noise, and air pollution, and again lowering the property values and quality of life for local residents past whose homes the trucks travel.

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