Sunnyside Gold Corp. and the Environmental Protection Agency are conducting talks aimed at a comprehensive settlement to resolve possible water quality liability issues related to past Sunnyside operations in the basin.
Mike Holmes of the EPA said the agency has been “working with Sunnyside Gold, exchanging information on settlement issues — liability issues for a long-term settlement.”
And Larry Perino, reclamation manager for Sunnyside Gold, agreed that “good progress is being made on settlement documentation.”
In the fall of 2011 the EPA proposed listing a cluster of dormant mines in the Gladstone area as a so-called Superfund site under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.
The four mine portals are discharging water containing metals such as zinc, copper and iron.
Sunnyside Gold, a subsidiary of mining giant Kinross, subsequently offered up to $6.5 million for a collaborative effort to address water quality problems in upper the Cement Creek area.
And in the spring of 2012, the EPA dropped its proposed Superfund listing due to lack of local public support.
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