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San Francisco, CA: (Nov-06-07) The US Environmental Protection agency (EPA) brought charges against Alpheus Kaplan, Nehemiah Development Company, and eleven other parties over clean up costs associated with the Central Eureka Mine, an abandoned gold mine site in Amador County, CA. The suit accused the defendants of moving arsenic-laden waste from previous mining operations onto subdivided properties and, in many cases, constructing homes and other dwellings directly on the contaminated mine tailings. Records stated that the Central Eureka Mine operated as a gold mine intermittently from 1855 to 1958. During that time, the mine produced enough arsenic-laden waste to cover 31 acres of land. During the late 1970s and 1980s, Kaplan, Nehemiah and others purchased the land on or adjacent to the contaminated mine tailings and engaged in development activities on those lands.

Experts claim that arsenic is a known human carcinogen which can enter a person's system by the accidental ingestion of small amounts of dust or dirt, a common occurrence for children playing outside. Skin cancer or lung cancer can result from inhaling arsenic-laden dust. As part of a settlement reached, the EPA announced that it has reached a deal with Kaplan, Nehemiah, and eleven other parties to pay $721,000 in EPA costs to cleanup the Central Eureka Mine. [WEBWIRE: GOLD MINE CLEANUP]

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Published on Nov-8-07


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