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  • State proposes mother-lode mine fee

    New Mexico presents Phelps Dodge with a plan that could cost the company $759 billion to close out and clean up its Chino Mine near Silver City, the state's largest.

  • Closing the wounds

    If the 1993 New Mexico Mining Act is allowed to work, it could usher in a new era of mine reclamation in which mines actually have to clean up and pay for the messes they leave behind.

  • Reclamation's mixed bag

    The art and science of mine reclamation is very complicated, and so far there have not been enough long-term successes to learn from.

  • The fractured states of mining reclamation

    A comparison of mine reclamation in Western states shows the specifics of reclamation very widely in each state.

  • Miners hope to become subdividers

    Mid-Continent Resources wants to develop land to help pay for mine cleanup.

  • Judge rocks Montana's open-pit mines

    Montana judge rules that reclamation at open-pit mines in the state must include the pit itself.

  • New hope for abandoned mines

    U.S. Reps. Mark Udall (D) and Bob Schaffer (R) of Colorado propose an amendment to the Clean Water Act to offer good Samaritans protection from liability in cleaning up abandoned hardrock mines and their polluted streams.

  • Reclaiming a golden landscape

    In a precedent-setting move, a Montana judge says that the Golden Sunlight Mine has to reclaim land whether or not it's made a profit on mining.

  • Small mines stay under the radar

    Near Virginia City, Mont., and throughout the West, small mines face minimal regulation and oversight, and private landowners and the state are often left with huge cleanup costs and polluted streams.

  • Calls for reform

    Summitville mine pollution may lead to new reclamation regulations in Colorado.

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