Peters said the settlement pond on Raccoon Creek is legitimate so long as it adheres to requirements of its mining and water discharge permits.
“Permits are designed to make sure that mining or any industrial application is done in an appropriate manner,” Peters said. “As long as the permittee is doing their activities according to their permit and what is required, we feel that those are legitimate legal activities.”
Handshoe contends the discharges into Raccoon Creek are clear violations of those permits and the Clean Water Act.
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