Cleanup of mine near reservation costly
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The cleanup of a mine next to the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana will cost $33.5 million more than the state has to reclaim the operation that gutted sacred peaks.

The Bureau of Land Management and Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality have chosen a reclamation plan that costs $52.1 million, plus $11 million for water treatment. But bankrupt Pegasus Gold Corp. had only posted a $30 million bond, so the state needs additional money if the plan is followed.

A cheaper alternative will be implemented if no money can be found.

The tribes on the reservation have been pushing for an aggressive cleanup of the open-pit gold mines. The mines were located on mountains considered sacred to the tribes.

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Mine cleanup needs $33.5M (The Billings Gazette 1/9)

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