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  • A few plants love mine waste

    Plant physiologist Ray Brown works to help mining-damaged ecosystems recover - with the help of a few hardy plant species.

  • A radical approach to mine reclamation

    The Sunnyside Mine near Silverton, Colo., is an unusual example of a community working together with miners and environmentalists to find a strategy to heal the damage.

  • All the king's horses and all the king'smen...

    The reclamation of Montana's hardrock mines will cost billions, and is complicated by the fact that no one really knows how to do it, or who should foot the bill.

  • Big mines leave a big mess

    South Dakota tells Brohm Mining that the company cannot walk away from its gold mine in the Black Hills without cleaning up the mess it's made.

  • Calls for reform

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

  • Can tailings piles be historic artifacts?

    Some say the often-picturesque ruins of mining create a historical landscape that has value whether there is pollution or not.

  • 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.

  • Colorado passes mining reforms

    The Colorado legislature passes mining reforms after the Summitville gold mine disaster.

  • Feds to Idaho mines: Clean up

    The federal government files suit against eight mining companies for polluting Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River basin with mining waste.

  • Homestake shows how good a mine can be

    Homestake Mining Company's McLaughlin Mine in Northern California is an example of a mine designed with environmental consequences in mind.

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