Sunnyside Offers $6.5M for Mine Cleanup

According to a Durango Herald article, the largest gold producer ever in Silverton, Sunnyside Gold Corporation, has offered $6.5 million toward cleaning up toxic waste leaking from one of its mines. Current interest focuses on Gladstone where four mines, including the American Tunnel operated by Sunnyside, are discharging about 800 gallons of contaminated water a minute into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River. Among the contaminants are cadmium, copper, lead, manganese, and zinc. Sunnyside is willing to contribute up to $6.5 million to improve water quality in the Animas. The company would commit $25,000 to studies of water-management alternatives being done by the Animas River Stakeholders Group and $5 million for operational costs of treating toxic waste from the American Tunnel, a project of the Bureau of Land Management.