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UPDATE: PHOSPHATE MINE SITE INVESTIGATIONS AND CLEANUP IN SOUTHEAST IDAHO — SOUTHEAST IDAHO SELENIUM PROJECT
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality/U.S. EPA/U.S. Forest Service, 8 pp, 2017

Southeast Idaho is one of the world's major phosphate-producing regions, and phosphate mining has been an important industry in the area since the early 20th century. Phosphate mining has resulted in some negative ecological consequences, such as waste rock dumps and open pits that act as pathways to transport selenium and other contaminants to the environment through ground and surface water. Investigations and planning for cleanup at several sites described in this fact sheet are ongoing with the oversight of the U.S. EPA, U.S. Forest Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. The Bureau of Land Management, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provide support. https://semspub.epa.gov/src/document/10/100072714



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