Aug 16, 2013 4:09 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colorado fines gold operator over polluted mill

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - State regulators say an unlicensed gold mill in western Colorado is polluted with mercury and arsenic, and they fined the operator more than $337,000.

The Durango Herald reported Thursday the Mined Land Reclamation Board accused Red Arrow Gold Corp. of six violations including operating a mill in the town of Mancos without a permit.

Inspectors told the board they don't know whether the pollution is a health threat in Mancos.

A representative of the company's president told the board the operation was a test plant, not a mill.

In an Aug. 2 letter to state officials, the company president said he had been cleaning up the operation but was interrupted by a financial dispute. He said a receiver has blocked access to the operation and frozen company assets.


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