Mine Company Hit With $2.7M Fine Over Arsenic Leak

Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 4:38pm
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The Hillside Mine site north of Bagdad, Arizona.

The owner of a now-abandoned mine in Yavapai County leaking arsenic into local waterways has been fined millions of dollars.

A judge has ordered Bagdad Hillside mining company to pay $2.7 million for contaminating a public creek for about three years.

An Arizona Department of Environmental Quality investigation found that Bagdad Hillside agreed to make a plan for stopping the arsenic leak, but never did.

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The arsenic-contaminated water went directly into local Boulder Creek at five gallons a minute, or about 2.6 million gallons a year.

The mining company was convicted of three felony violations and put on two years of felony probation.

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