Colorado company agrees to $7M cleanup of former Alaska mine

    Trees in the Tongass National Forest.

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Colorado company has agreed to a $7 million cleanup plan for Alaska’s only uranium mine, which has left radioactive waste in the Tongass National Forest.

    CoastAlaska reported Newmont Corporation is expected to fill the former Ross-Adams Mine in the Prince of Wales Island area.

    A plan has been in the works for decades to close and clean the open-pit mine on Bokan Mountain.

    The remote area is used by residents for fishing halibut and other activities.

    Most of the radioactive debris will be buried and covered with a heavy plastic covering to seal the site.

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