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Seth Johnson looks down into the mine shaft behind a makeshift memorial marking the site along the remote Cherum Peak Trail in the Cerbat Mountains Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, after two sisters fell into a 125-foot-deep abandoned mine shaft while driving their all-terrain vehicle in Chloride, Ariz. Rikki Howard, 13, died on the scene while her sister Casie Hicks, 10, was being treated for her injuries. Efforts to clean up one of the West's most enduring and dangerous legacies _ tens of thousands of abandoned ...

Stimulus bill expected to restart mine cleanup

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When the Beal Mountain mine opened in 1988 near Butte, Mont., its owner promoted open-pit cyanide leaching for extracting gold from ore as modern and environmentally friendly.

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Pegasus Gold Corp., a Canadian company, extracted nearly 460,000 ounces of gold over a decade before closing the mine and declaring bankruptcy in 1998.

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