HON399: A Scientific Perspective on the Environmental Movement
Dupont has purchased or leased 38,000 acres of land in an area east of
the Okefenokee swamp known as Trail Ridge. Dupont wants to
strip-mine the mineral rutile (titanium IV oxide) from the area starting in the
year 2002. Dupont currently has a strip mine serving the same purpose in
Stark, Florida. This operation is approximately 80 miles south of the
Okefeenokee. The Okefeenokee Swamp is a National Park in southeast
Georgia and many fear the strip mine will adversely affect its ecosystems.
The Okefeenokee swamp is the headwaters for the Suwanee River, which
flows through Florida and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Bruce
Babbitt, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, recently gave a speech at the
Okefeenokee Swamp condemning the mining. One week later Dupont
postponed (not terminated) their plans for the mine. Dupont, which has a
strong history of responsible citizenship, claims the mine will not impact the
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