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Abandoned mine partnership moves forward with first cleanup

Mine tailings
Photo provided by KC Harvey Environmental

Lower Boss Tweed mine tailings

Montana is rife with abandoned mines left by more than a century of men bent on finding fortunes. Now nonprofit groups are joining with businesses and government agencies to clean up the sites by mining them again.

For the past year, the Bozeman nonprofit Future West has located around 9,000 abandoned mine sites in southwestern Montana and selected a few for the first reclamation efforts of the Montana Headwaters Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project.

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