Colo. Supreme Court overturns Summit County ban |

Colo. Supreme Court overturns Summit County ban

Bob Berwyn
Summit correspondent
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” The Colorado Supreme Court Monday essentially overturned Summit Countys ban on cyanide heap-leach mining, ruling that the state has a “dominant interest” in ensuring orderly regulation of mining activities.

Joined by environmental groups, Summit County had argued that the practice of drizzling a diluted cyanide solution over low-grade piles of ore posed a serious threat to water quality.

Summit County adopted the regulations in 2004.

The Colorado Mining Association fought the ban through several court levels and won its first appeal in Summit County District Court. A subsequent Colorado Court of Appeals decision reinstated the local ban, leading to the Colorado Supreme Court.

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