Canadian Mining Co. Hit With $2M Arsenic Pollution Penalty

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT) -- An Idaho federal judge slapped a Canadian mining company with a $2 million fine on Thursday for polluting a tributary of the Boise River with arsenic and iron, leaving open the possibility for additional penalties depending on the company's ability to prevent further contamination.

Plaintiffs Idaho Conservation League and Northwest Environmental Defense Center had said Atlanta Gold Corp. should face a $3.7 million penalty for its actions, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams found $2 million to be "significantly, but not extravagantly" greater than the...
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