Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Umpqua River polluter, Formosa Mine, needs Superfund status

Editors at the Register-Guard called for Superfund listing for the Formosa Mine.

From the article: The Formosa Mine is on Silver Butte at the headwaters of an Umpqua River tributary. The copper mine was opened on federal and private land by Formosa Exploration Inc., a Canadian company partially funded by Japanese business interests.

State officials closed the mine in 1993 after Formosa violated its state permit by exceeding excavation limits and spreading waste rock over the 76-acre site.

The Guard calls for Congress to reinstate a "polluters pay" policy in the Superfund legislation.

Sidenote: The EPA Superfund site is creepily cheerful.

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