National Affairs: Poisoned Valley

Out of the stacks of Consolidated Mining & Smelting Co.'s plant at Trail, British Columbia, pour billows of smoke heavy with sulphur fumes. The fumes drift across the nearby international border, enter the State of Washington, permeating the broad valley of the Columbia River, poisoning orchards, crops, cattle.

Two years ago Columbia Valley farmers protested to Washington, D. C. (TIME, April 22, 1929). Washington forwarded the protest to the International Joint Commission to which, heretofore, only waterway controversies have been referred. Last week the State Department was happy to announce that the Commission...

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