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Atlanta Gold loses Boise River pollution case, must pay $2 million

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― A federal judge is ordering a Canadian mining company to comply with the nation's clean water laws and pay at least $2 million in penalties for polluting a tributary of the Boise River system. The order and penalty represent another loss for Atlanta Gold Corp., which is seeking to extract gold from the mountains near the historic mining town of Atlanta, Idaho, northeast of Boise. Earlier this year, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams ruled that the company is legally responsible for high levels of arsenic and iron flowing from an abandoned mine shaft. His order issued Thursday wraps up the penalty phase of the case. The mining company was sued last year by environmental groups over allegations it was exceeding daily discharge levels for pollutants set in its federal permit.

Click below for a full report from AP reporter Todd Dvorak.

High mercury levels found in lower Boise River catfish spark consumption advisory

The Idaho Division of Public Health has issued a fish advisory, warning that catfish caught in the lower Boise River have been found to have high levels of mercury, and pregnant women or children age 15 and younger should limit their consumption. Catfish often absorb more mercury than other species because of their diet, the division reports; the fish still can be eaten, but only in limited amounts. Most other fish species caught and tested in the Boise River have not shown high levels of mercury, though there is an existing statewide fish consumption advisory for bass due to mercury. Click below for the division's full announcement.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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