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FORMER MANAGERS OF COLORADO
GOLD MINE SENTENCED


FORMER MANAGERS OF COLORADO GOLD MINE SENTENCED
FOR RELEASE:   FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1999



FORMER MANAGERS OF COLORADO GOLD MINE SENTENCED

Sammye Buckner and Tom Chisohlm, both former managers of the now 
defunct Summitville Gold Mine in South Central Colorado, were each 
sentenced to six months confinement and were both ordered to pay fines of
$20,000 on Dec. 18, 1998 by the U.S. District Court for the District of
Colorado in Denver.  Buckner was the mine's General Manager from April
1988 to January 1991, and Chisholm was the Environmental Manager at the
mine from August 1988 to September 1991.  The defendants and the
Summitville Consolidated Mining Co. Inc. (SCMCI), were part of a
conspiracy which committed numerous offenses including discharging
pollutants from the mine into Wightman Fork and Cropsy Creek.  Both
streams are tributaries of the Alamosa River which flows into the Rio
Grande.  The discharges violated the limits of the mine's Clean Water Act
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.  The conspiracy
also involved making false statements and concealing material facts from
environmental regulators.  SCMCI pleaded guilty in May 1996 and has agreed
to pay a $20 million fine.  The mine closed operations in 1992 when SCMCI
declared bankruptcy.  Since that time, EPA Superfund and the State of
Colorado have spent over $160 million cleaning up the mine site.  The case
was investigated by EPA Criminal Investigation, EPA National Enforcement
Investigations Center, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and was
prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.


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