Vail Daily letter: Congressman Tipton should fulfill his duty |

Vail Daily letter: Congressman Tipton should fulfill his duty

In 2013, I informed Congressman Scott Tipton that the mine I worked at was exposing workers on a continuing basis to high levels of radon. I also informed him that the Federal Agency responsible for regulating mines (Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA) was aware of the problem but failed to do anything but issue citation after citation on the same thing. I provided copies of the citations as proof of what I claimed.

After this, I became aware that the Environmental Protection Agency had done radon testing of the nearby town. Their findings were that private residence, as well as the elementary school, had received too high of radon levels from the mine exhaust. I then informed Congressman Tipton about this, as well as provided him with a copy of the EPA report.

I have informed the Congressman four times between 2013 and 2017, as he has yet to get back to me on the matter. I had a face-to-face meeting in which he stated that he would look into the matter and get back to me — yeah right.

The citations I provided for proof can be found at MSHA’s website, mine ID 42-00769. The EPA report can be found at under EPA Inspection Report.

In this day and age, stuff like this is not supposed to happen. If it does, it’s the duty of our congressmen to look into the problem and make sure it does not happen again. Scott Tipton must be fine with radon pollution, as long as he isn’t in it, or his kids or grandkids don’t go to school in it.

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I believe Congressman Tipton needs to look into this matter or the same thing or something like it will happen again and again until something is done to stop it. If you agree, give Congressman Tipton a call at 202-225-4761 and tell him so.

Matthew Bane


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