New Mexico looks into cleaning up old copper mine near Cuba

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New Mexico looks into cleaning up old copper mine near Cuba

Two employees with the State Land Office walk across the expansive sand dune that tops the tailings at the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up mine waste left behind by past operations.
A faded billboard at the edge of Cuba, N.M., that advertises the area’s natural amenities and tourist destinations. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to review the Nacimiento Copper Mine just east of the village to determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings left behind by past operations.
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, left, and Larry Gore of the U.S. Forest Service on July 17 look at maps of the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings made up of ore waste from past mining operations. The mine is among many sites in the West that are in need of remediation.
One of the many welcoming signs along the main street in Cuba, N.M. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to study a defunct copper mine just east of the village to determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings left behind by past operations.
A work truck passing the Cuban Cafe along the main street in Cuba, N.M. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to review a defunct copper mine just east of the village to determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings left behind by past operations.
Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn surveys the surrounding high desert vistas from an overlook at an old copper mine near Cuba, N.M. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the Nacimiento Copper Mine site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings left from past mining operations. The mine is among sites in the West in need of remediation.

New Mexico looks into cleaning up old copper mine near Cuba

Two employees with the State Land Office walk across the expansive sand dune that tops the tailings at the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up mine waste left behind by past operations.
A faded billboard at the edge of Cuba, N.M., that advertises the area’s natural amenities and tourist destinations. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to review the Nacimiento Copper Mine just east of the village to determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings left behind by past operations.
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, left, and Larry Gore of the U.S. Forest Service on July 17 look at maps of the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings made up of ore waste from past mining operations. The mine is among many sites in the West that are in need of remediation.
One of the many welcoming signs along the main street in Cuba, N.M. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to study a defunct copper mine just east of the village to determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings left behind by past operations.
A work truck passing the Cuban Cafe along the main street in Cuba, N.M. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to review a defunct copper mine just east of the village to determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings left behind by past operations.
Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn surveys the surrounding high desert vistas from an overlook at an old copper mine near Cuba, N.M. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the Nacimiento Copper Mine site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings left from past mining operations. The mine is among sites in the West in need of remediation.

New Mexico looks into cleaning up old copper mine near Cuba

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, left, and Larry Gore of the U.S. Forest Service on July 17 look at survey maps of the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M., as they discuss tailing piles and contaminated groundwater at the site. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings made up of waste from past mining operations. The mine is among many sites in the West that are in need of remediation.

New Mexico looks into cleaning up old copper mine near Cuba

The remaining pit at the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M. The U.S. Forest Service has been working for years to clean up contaminated groundwater at the site, and now state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings made up of ore waste from past mining operations. The mine is among many sites in the West in need of remediation.

New Mexico looks into cleaning up old copper mine near Cuba

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn hikes on July 17 along one of the seeps below the tailing piles at the defunct Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up the tailings from past mining operations.
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