Net Benefit for the Environment

Removing and processing mine waste, which currently leaches into groundwater and surface water, and restoring those areas to pre-mining conditions will result in a net overall benefit to the environment. Here’s how it helps:
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Improves water quality and health of the upper Arkansas River and surrounding habitat.

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Removes unsightly mine waste and slag from the environment and restores the land to more natural conditions. 

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Creates natural spaces for wildlife.

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Serves as a model for the responsible clean-up of other historic mining districts.