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The EPA Can’t Wait to Reopen the Mine That Poisoned North Idaho

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Nadja Oertelt

Co-founder and CEO, Massive Science

This is a great piece:

“In 1983, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared the Bunker Hill Mine and smelter complex the nation’s second-largest Superfund site. The agency has been a presence in the valley ever since. Today, after 35 years and almost $900 million in cleanup costs, Bunker Hill’s tailings heap still oozes 400 pounds of toxic metals a day into the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. Tundra swans still flap and stagger in the marshes. After picking up more mine waste downstream, the river dumps almost 400 tons of lead and 700 tons of zinc into Lake Coeur d’Alene every year.”

Meanwhile, in England, extremophile microbiologist and Consortium scientist Dr. Rose Jones is figuring out how to clean up toxic mining waste with microbes.