SITKA, ALASKA Proponents of statewide ballot proposition 4 – the Clean Water Initiative – have enlisted an unusual ally in their efforts to block the Pebble mine project. Bruce Switzer has worked in the mining industry for about thirty years, as a consultant and reclamation contractor, and for the last ten years as a senior executive in charge of environmental permitting and compliance.
His most recent post was as director of environmental affairs for Cominco , the Candian firm which operates Alaska’s Red Dog mine. While Switzer is unapologetic about his long involvement in mining, he’s become one of the most ardent critics of the Pebble project. He stopped by KCAW on a recent trip through Southeast to explain why he’s throwing his weight behind the Clean Water Initiative:
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