The federal government has filed a $7 million lawsuit against Bradley Mining Company, in an attempt to recover costs it says the Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency incurred cleaning up arsenic-laden mining waste.
According to court documents, the Bradley Mining Company has run the Stibnite Mine near the central Idaho town of Yellow Pine since about 1927.
The pit mine was a source of tungsten, antimony - which is used in making munitions, and gold for decades. The federal government says that the mining process left behind hazardous waste that then contaminated Meadow Creek and the environment.
The Associated Press could not reach Bradley Mining Company officials.
In addition to the $7 million in cleanup costs, the federal government is asking a judge to hold Bradley Mining liable for any future cleanup costs.
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