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Blue Tee to pay for mine site cleanup

Blue Tee Corp. will pay $1.36 million to clean up a mining Superfund site in Stevens County.

The company operated a mine and milling facility near the community of Leadpoint from 1910 through the 1980s, producing nearly a million tons of lead, zinc and barium tailings. In 2003, the federal government spent more than $200,000 on an emergency cleanup of leftover chemicals, 55 gallon drums of hazardous and non-hazardous substances, and PCB-containing electrical equipment.

Through a proposed settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, Blue Tee Corp. will pay for additional cleanup at the site and long-term monitoring and maintenance.

“This hazardous waste site is finally going to be cleaned up for the safety of the residents and the environment,” said Chris Field, EPA’s site cleanup manager.