Proposal Free Writes B E

1. What solution can you propose to the societal problem you've been writing about? How will your solution address specific elements or causes of the crisis?

~ Wisconsin issued a "Prove it First" policy in 1998, which requires prospecting mining companies to operate a mine similar to the one they are proposing for ten years without it polluting surface or groundwater. Since this policy has been put into place, no companies have been allowed to mine sulfide rocks in Wisconsin. I propose Minnesota puts a similar policy into action. Along with this, they should demand mining companies to save a large amount of money the mine must possess so it can clean up after itself in case they do pollute. Also, Minnesota should enforce strict air and water quality standards and not allow a mine that will require perpetual care after it is closed. These solutions will greatly minimize the amount of mining done in the state, and put strict regulations on mines that are allowed. It is not restricting mining, it is merely protecting Minnesota's valuable water sources.

2. How is your solution particularly practical, logical, manageable, ethical, humane, or economical?

~ This solution is easy to enforce - it is a simple process to make a company point to a mine they have had for ten years and test it to see if it has polluted or not. With the proper enforcement, it is completely manageable to create this solution.

3. What else has been tried or proposed? Why is your solution the solution your audience should embrace?

~ Like I said for question 1, Wisconsin created the "Prove it First" policy and for 16 years now it has been working at keeping polluting mining companies out of Wisconsin's natural environments. The audience should embrace this solution because it will work.

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