Hydropower for Mining Area Cleanup

Beginning in 2011, power to operate a water treatment plant at the Summitville Mine Superfund Site in Colorado will be provided by a new 36-KW micro hydroelectric plant drawing water from the Whiteman Fork Creek. The hydroelectric power is anticipated to meet 15-20% of the treatment plant's energy demand and annually avoid emission of 120 metric tons of carbon dioxide associated with regional electricity production.