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Colorado company agrees to $7M cleanup of former Alaska mine

 Photo courtesy US Forest Service
Photo courtesy US Forest Service (KTUU)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 6:01 AM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 6:02 AM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (APS) -A Colorado company has agreed to a $7 million cleanup plan for Alaska’s only uranium mine, which has left radioactive waste in the Tongass National Forest.

CoastAlaska reported Newmont Corporation is expected to fill the former Ross-Adams Mine in the Prince of Wales Island area.

A plan has been in the works for decades to close and clean the open-pit mine on Bokan Mountain. The remote area is used by residents for fishing halibut and other activities. Most of the radioactive debris will be buried and covered with a heavy plastic covering to seal the site.

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