Hecla Mining Co., in legal fight with Montana, halts cleanup work at Troy mine

Hecla Mining Co., in legal fight with Montana, halts cleanup work at Troy mine

News Type: State Source: Missoulian
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Hecla Mining Co. has stopped reclamation work at its closed silver and copper mine in Troy in a dispute with state environmental officials over alleged “bad actor” violations at its other Montana mining projects.

Hecla maintains its permit to clean up the Troy site is legally linked to operating permits for related projects at its Rock Creek and Montanore mines, according to Montana Rep. Steve Gunderson, R-Libby, who has done environmental security work for Hecla.

“How are they able to continue work reclaiming if the notice of violation takes away that capability? That’s the key thing,” Gunderson said on Tuesday. “They’re getting called a bad actor as they reclaim a mine they’ve never taken one ounce of ore out of. There’s no distinction between the operating permits, but the state is saying you can’t mine but you can reclaim.”