Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, Sustainability Warrior

  • As a high school student (Fayetteville, AR 1980) I wrote a letter to Senator Bumpers about reform of the General Mining Act of 1872. I went on to college, but returned from Peace Corps and became active in mining and recycling. Years later, I was informed by someone in a mining reform NGO that Senator Bumpers was a bit of a crusader in mining reform and sustainable mineral policy. I'm now nearing 50, and would kind of like to thank him, and also to know whether my high school letter was written by someone oblivious to the fact the Senator was already on board, or whether my letter... possibly... resulted in representation beyond my wildest imagination. - Robin Ingenthron

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