Carol Ann MacLennan
Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
Laid to Waste: Community Lessons from 100 Years of Mining
Two historic copper mining districts in Michigan and New Mexico present themselves as compelling candidates for an interdisciplinary treatment of mining policy and an ethnography of the state. Dr. MacLennan plans to write the second portion of a book manuscript that compares over one hundred years of mine-waste pollution produced by underground and open-pit mining and recent government remedies to protect human and environmental health in two different ecological regions: the water-rich Lake Superior basin and the water-scarce desert Southwest. The manuscript employs historical research from business and government archives, ethnographic interviews, and an assessment of mine remediation and water policy decisions. It is based upon funded research in Michigan’s Lake Copper District and ongoing research in New Mexico’s Silver City Copper District. Laid to Waste brings geology, mine technology, and pollutants, policy, and community response together to determine the contours of natural resource policy in the democratic state.
Affiliation at time of award:
Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan