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Denver Company Liable For Some Uranium Cleanup

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The parent company of a business that
operated the Midnite Mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation has
been found liable for part of the cleanup costs.
Under the decision rendered Monday by U.S. District Judge Justin
Quackenbush, Newmont Mining Corp. of Denver becomes the third party
to be held partially liable for cleanup of the Superfund site. The
federal government and Dawn Mining Co., owned mostly be Newmont,
were held partially responsible earlier.
The open-pit mine, closed since 1981, is the source of
radiation, heavy metal and acid contamination in Blue Creek, a
tributary of the Columbia River.
Tribal Chairman Greg Abrahamson says the latest ruling is
important for the health of tribal members and protection of
natural resources.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review,
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