The owners of a former metals mining operation in southeastern Missouri have agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle government claims that the mining released hazardous substances that polluted the environment.
Teck American Inc. and DII Industries Inc. agreed to the payment in a consent decree with the U.S. government and state of Missouri. The settlement would resolve a lawsuit filed with the court on Friday alleging damages from the Magmont Mine and Mill Site near Bixby. The zinc, lead and copper mine and mill operated from 1968 until 1994.
The lawsuit said Teck and DII Industries were responsible for releases of hazardous substances into the air, water and soil that damaged or destroyed natural resources and harmed birds and aquatic life.
Teck and DII Industries denied the allegations in the lawsuit and don’t admit any liability in the proposed settlement. The vice president of environment and public affairs for Teck American said agreement allows the company “to move forward with the full reclamation and closure of the site.”