YAKIMA, WA - The Washington state Department of Ecology says a new permit it issued to a mine in Okanogan County will better protect water quality.
Ecology says it should also help correct environmental problems that have challenged the mine since it opened in 2007.
The department issued the updated water quality permit to Crown Resources, which operates the gold mine near Chesaw after negotiations with the company and environmental groups.
Under the new permit, which takes effect March 1st, the mining company has until the end of this year to comply with more protective standards.
The updated permit allows the mine to discharge treated water from its wastewater treatment plant back to the environment.