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Colville Tribes Unhappy with Mining Cleanup

by Associated Press
Seattle Times, May 14, 2011

A large portion of the zinc concentrates treated at Trail come from the Red Dog Mine in Alaska with the remainder from other mines in Canada, the U.S. and South America. Lead concentrates are purchased from mines in the U.S. and South America. WENATCHEE, Wash. -- Five years after a Canadian mining smelter agreed to assess the impact of its pollution in U.S. waters, an American Indian tribe is calling the effort inadequate.

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation also say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasn't done its job to oversee Teck Cominco American's analysis of environmental damage in the upper Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt.

The Wenatchee World reports a company official says the complexity of the study makes it difficult to come up with sampling plans that please everyone.

The EPA has found the company's lead and zinc smelter in Trail, B.C. - about 10 miles north of the U.S. border with Canada - dumped millions of tons of toxic slag and heavy metals into the Columbia River in Canada.

Associated Press
Colville Tribes Unhappy with Mining Cleanup
Seattle Times, May 14, 2011

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