A former Atlanta Gold Co. employee shows a previous water treatment system at its mine site outside Atlanta in 2008. In the background is a holding pond filled with orange-colored water from ferroarsenate, which still drains from an old mine there.
A former Atlanta Gold Co. employee shows a previous water treatment system at its mine site outside Atlanta in 2008. In the background is a holding pond filled with orange-colored water from ferroarsenate, which still drains from an old mine there. Idaho Statesman file photo
A former Atlanta Gold Co. employee shows a previous water treatment system at its mine site outside Atlanta in 2008. In the background is a holding pond filled with orange-colored water from ferroarsenate, which still drains from an old mine there. Idaho Statesman file photo
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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."