Reopening South Dakota mine could disturb reclaimed areas

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A company interested in an abandoned South Dakota mine says reopening the site could disturb areas that have been reclaimed as part of a $120 million federal cleanup project over nearly two decades.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Gilt Edge Mine in the Black Hills still needs an estimated $88 million worth of reclamation work. Canada-based Agnico Eagle Mines says it would take over the cleanup if the company reopens the site.

Agnico official Gregg Loptien says it's unclear if reclamation work will be undone by re-mining.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year agreed to let Agnico drill holes around the site in order to help the agency find the source of toxic cadmium contamination in Strawberry Creek. Agnico could then analyze core samples to determine if there is enough gold to reopen the site.

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