Monday, 25 April 2011 09:38
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) _ Two environmental groups are raising
concerns about cyanide in water downstream from the Wharf Resources
gold mining operation in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota.
The state says there is no problem.
Earthworks and the Rapid City Action for the Environment have
written to the state Department of Environment and Natural
Resources asking officials to investigate conditions in Annie
State environmental scientist Shannon Minerich tells the Black
Hills Pioneer that quarterly testing has not turned up any water
quality violations. Mine general manager Bill Shand says the mine
works closely with the state to ensure it's in compliance with
Wharf is seeking permission from the state to expand its
operation. Dick Fort with Action for the Environment says the group
will oppose that.
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