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May 31, 2013 5:19 PM by Juice Godfrey

Summit County mine cleanup set to begin in June

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - Toxic waste cleanup is set to begin in June at the Pennsylvania Mine in Summit County, which has been releasing heavy metals into waterways for more than a century.

The Summit Daily News reported Friday the project is expected to last three years and cost $3 million.

Officials have long known the mine was leaking pollutants such as aluminum, copper, iron, lead and zinc into Peru Creek and the Snake River.

Last fall, authorities began investigating exactly how the toxic metals were getting into the water.

The investigation will continue into the summer but has paved the way for restoration work to begin.

The Environmental Protection Agency will prepare the mine site so heavy machinery can be brought in to cut off the contamination sources.

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