Gold miners in remote Alaska town want answers after task force storms in
Some miners in Alaska want the feds to start digging for answers.Yep. Body armor and sidearms so they could investigate Clean Water Act violations. The EPA is claiming that their "law enforcement" agents are required to carry firearms; however there's no reason given why the EPA *HAS* a "law enforcement" division in the first place. If they found a business or residence in violation of the Clean Water Act, one would think the role of the EPA would be to file a report and press charges - and then let the police handle it.
A task force including members of 10 state and federal law enforcement agencies descended on a gold mine in the tiny town of Chicken (pop. 17) last month, in what locals described as a raid.
“Imagine coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say "POLICE" emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms,” gold miner C.R. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch. “How would you have felt? You would be wondering, ‘My God, what have I done now?”
No, in today's day and age - when the Department of Education has short-barreled shotguns - every Federal agency has their own "law enforcement" division that has to have pistols, rifles, shotguns, and machine guns. According to the article, some 10 agents - from 10 agencies - descended on this booming metropolis of 17 people - to look for violations of the Clean Water Act. TEN ARMED AGENTS in a town of 17 people. For the Clean Water Act. What an egregious waste of resources. Why on earth this couldn't have been done by one dude with a clipboard is beyond me.
Well, that's not true. One agent with a clipboard is only one person employed by the State. One paycheck, one health care plan, one drone voting to keep whoever will promise the best raises and perks. One person representing one agency with one budget. Ten people from ten different agencies means an order of magnitude more tax dollars needed - and more voters voting to keep the gravy train rolling.
Plus, hey, you get to wear body armor and carry a Glock and terrorize the subsistence living of people in small towns! SCORE!
That is all.