GILT EDGE MINE


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Prospectors began mining for gold, copper and tungsten in the Gilt Edge area in 1876. Brohm Mining Co. took over the Gilt Edge mine in 1986. Brohm operated the mine from 1986 until 1999, when it went bankrupt, forfeiting a $6.4 million mining bond and leaving behind 150 million gallons of contaminated acid water and millions of cubic yards of acid-generating waste rock, according to published reports. That’s when the state and the EPA stepped in. In 2000, Gilt Edge Mine became a Superfund site, the program created in 1980 to facilitate cleanup of the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites.

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Decimal Degrees: 44.3297069, -103.6746396

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