Mining Cos. Settle Toxic Spill Claims With Utah For $5.5M

By Melissa Angell (May 7, 2021, 8:27 PM EDT) -- A group of mining companies along with the state of Utah filed a joint bid on Friday urging a New Mexico federal judge to accept a $5.5 million settlement agreement that would resolve claims against the mining entities over a 2015 mine collapse that contaminated water sources.

The state of Utah and the mining companies — Sunnyside Gold Corp., Kinross Gold Corp. and Kinross Gold U.S.A. — told U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson that the parties "substantively negotiated" to reach the agreement at hand. Court documents show that prior to the spill, the mine had been operated in part by Sunnyside Gold, but it...

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