Vancouver, Canada, based Tintina Resources wants to mine for copper at the headwaters of the Smith River. This spring, MEIC and Earthworks challenged Tintina’s plans for a massive exploration tunnel, and the company withdrew its application. Now, Tintina is proposing to pump arsenic-laden water near its proposed mine site, and we need your help!
Tintina has submitted a plan for mine exploration pump tests to evaluate the hydrology of the area before it submits a full mine proposal. Its pump test proposal involves pumping roughly 1 million gallons of arsenic-laden groundwater, and spraying it over 40 acres of land at the headwaters of the river. Tintina hopes the arsenic will be taken up by the plants, and not reach headwater streams or groundwater. But that’s just speculation.
And it isn’t the best way. It’s just the cheapest.
Join us in urging DEQ to require the company to remove the arsenic from its pump test water, rather than spraying it near the headwaters of the Smith River.
The Smith River watershed is one of the most treasured streams in Montana for its premier recreational opportunities, beautiful scenery, and renowned trout fishing. It deserves the best. Not the cheapest.
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