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Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 2/3/1999

FEBRUARY 3, 1999

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was seeking a $66,000 penalty from Golden Sunlight Mine for a summer 1998 cyanide spill from a mine process water basin, but mine officials said the amount of the fine was unwarranted and planned to appeal DEQ's decision.

Golden Sunlight Mine had its best gold recovery year ever in 1998, and new technologies were being tested to further improve recovery. During 1998 Golden Sunlight recovered 82.4 percent of the gold in ore-bearing rock that went through the mill, up from 78.3 percent in 1997 and better than the previous...


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