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Veris Gold Pays $182K Penalty At Nevada Mine

The Canadian-based owner of a gold mine in Northern Nevada has agree to pay a $182,000 civil penalty for failing to correctly report toxic chemical releases to federal environmental regulators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Thursday with Veris Gold USA, a subsidiary of the Vancouver-based Veris Gold Corp.

The EPA says Veris Gold failed to properly report the chemical releases and other waste management activities at its Jerritt Canyon mine in Elko County about 50 miles north of Eureka. They involved 10 different chemical compounds, including arsenic, mercury, lead, zinc, copper and cyanide. The reporting is required under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Veris Gold said in a statement Thursday the necessary reports have been filed and the company has continued to meet its filing requirements since the violations.
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