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September 7, 2012

Will $635M cleanup fix Silver Valley pollution?

Associated Press

SPOKANE — The largest financial contributor to the cleanup of Idaho's Silver Valley says the federal government's plan for the work is incomplete and will not end a century of dangerous heavy metals pollution in the mining district.

Asarco LLC, in a letter this week to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contends that contaminated rail lines once operated by Union Pacific Railroad will continue to pollute the Coeur d'Alene River Basin.

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