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Gold mining company ordered to pay pollution fine by Friday

September 8, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a mining company’s request to extend a deadline to pay a $251,000 fine for not doing enough to staunch the flow of arsenic into streams that supply some of Boise’s drinking water.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush in a ruling late last month rejected Atlanta Gold mining company’s request to extend the deadline to the end of this year.

Bush says the court doesn’t have any confidence in the company’s plan to raise money by selling a cryptocurrency that would exist electronically.

Bush says the company met other financial obligations but didn’t prioritize paying the pollution fines. He ordered Atlanta Gold to pay the fine by Friday.

The company says the area it wants to mine contains up to $5 billion in gold and silver.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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