The Colorado mining board extended closure of an allegedly illegal mining and milling operation near Rocky Flats that inspectors say threatens Jefferson County watersheds, adding a fine up to $12,000 and ordering the owners to apply for a state permit and post cleanup funds.
In a contentious hearing Wednesday in front of the Mined Land Reclamation Board, mining division staff said Rocky Flats Environmental Solutions are flouting environmental laws, while the owners claimed they are suing a division inspector in federal court and call the enforcement part of a vendetta.
The milling site, which has taken tons of ore from spent or current Colorado gold mines, is “quite the opposite” of the required sound and stable operation, one inspector told the board. State laws are meant to…
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