Judge rules pollution at Wis. mine minimal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that Flambeau Mining Co. violated federal clean water laws at its former copper mine near Ladysmith.

But the judge also concluded Tuesday the amount of pollution was minimal and the company's environmental practices were "exemplary."

Environmentalists had alleged the mine violated the Clean Water Act when copper and zinc from the mine entered a small stream that fed the Flambeau River.

Judge Barbara Crabb says evidence showed the mine was the source of the pollution. But Crabb says the discharges were slight. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the judge ordered the company to pay $275 for the discharges, and denied a request to have Flambeau pay the plaintiffs' legal expenses.

The Flambeau mine operated from 1993 to 1997.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
    mug on 1 side wump on the other sit on the middle
  • by Sam Location: WI on Jul 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    Should not have been any fine. A little sand washed into the river. The next good heavy rain storm puts more into that little stream that was put in by that mining company. Dumb epa environmentalists wackos that are in charge these days don't have a brain between them.
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      by RJ on Jul 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM in reply to Sam
      I don't think you are thinking about the right mine site.. They are talking about the reclaimed gold mine in Ladysmith.. Not the sand mine breach on the St Croix..
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      by fred on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM in reply to Sam
      Sam no people like you that do not know how things work are the wackos and do not have a brain.Heavy rain know mater if its a mine or not things will in this ground will drain and end up in a river. The copper mine in Ladysmith by removing the copper will put less into the river.Yes there getting test of copper going in to the river but there is going to be less going there over the years cause the copper is gone.Same goes for sand.
  • by Northwoods Free Man on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    Who would have thought that we could get common sense from the bench?
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      by Anon on Jul 26, 2012 at 03:18 PM in reply to Northwoods Free Man
      An especially Barb Crabb
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