Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's five Program activities. Some stories may fall under more than one category, and are listed accordingly.
Estimating Natural Resources
Damages from a Hypothetical Failure of a Mine Tailings
Ecology’s Eastern Regional Office evaluated potential impacts and estimated restoration costs from a potential catastrophic failure of a metals mining tailings disposal facility. The study results will help determine the appropriate environmental performance bonding for the facility.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)
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