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Jan 30, 2013 6:16 PM by KXLF

Forest service says there is much work left at Beal Mountain Mine

There is a lot more reclamation work to be done at the Beal Mountain Mine, according to Mary Beth Marks, on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service. The Beal Mountain Mine sits southwest of Butte. It was an open pit gold mine in operation between 1988 and 1998.

On Wednesday members of the U.S. Forest Service reviewed their reclamation work at their annual meeting. The U. S. Forest Service has kept track of cyanide and selenium levels at the Beal Mountain Mine. Studies show the chemicals have stayed fairly steady.

Water treatment will continue in 2013, according to Marks. This past year they treated 25 million gallons of water. Water treatment projects totaled $300,000 in 2012.

The U. S. Forest Service reclaimed three ponds last year, according to Sonny Thornborrow, reclamation specialist for the U. S. Forest Service. The cost reached $150,000.

"We believe that we are making progress, but there is a lot of work that remains and questions to answer," Marks said.

In 2013 the U.S. Forest Service hopes to design an infiltration system under the waste truck dump that will lead out to German Gulch. Marks estimates the cost will total nearly $200,000.


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