Toxic mine leak halted near Washington lake

Spokane, Wash. • Toxic mine pollution is no longer flowing into Washington state’s picturesque Lake Chelan for the first time in nearly 60 years because of a $500 million cleanup to contain contamination from the a mine, officials said this week. The payoff of the mine cleanup means that clean water now flows into a creek that feeds the lake, a prime recreation destination, said Kari Grover Wier, district ranger for the Wenatchee National Forest, where the lake is located. “This is an important ...

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