- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The Troy Mine’s new owner is moving forward with plans to permanently close the Lincoln County copper and silver mine.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1O6J8iN ) the Hecla Mining Company says the physical work of closing the mine will likely begin next year. The U.S. Forest Service and Montana Department of Environmental Quality have been reviewing the Troy Mine’s reclamation plan.

The plan calls for the tailing area to be reseeded and the buildings to be torn down. The mine portals will be closed off and eventually the facility will fill with water.

Spokesman Luke Russell says it could take at least two years to completely shut down the facility.

Hecla announced earlier this year that it would permanently close the mine, which has operated since 1981.



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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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