Unformatted text preview: drainage and toxic mine waste have contaminated the river, killing fish and harming wildlife, possibly damaging crops, and ruining irrigation equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Bankruptcy Leaves Legacy of Pollution In 1992, Galactic Resources declared bankruptcy and abandoned the mine. Shortly afterwards, the State of Colorado asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for emergency help in preventing a cyanide-contaminated waste pond from overflowing a spillway. EPA responded quickly, placing the mine on the National Priorities List of federal Superfund sites. Cleanup has cost about $185 million so far. The costs of operating a water treatment plant on site, which may be necessary for decades to come, are estimated at $1.5 million annually....
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2008 for the course ENV S 1 taught by Professor Freudenburg during the Spring '07 term at UCSB.
- Spring '07