Cost estimates for Summit mine cleanup soar

  Experts trying to figure out workings of abandoned tunnels to treat Peru Creek heavy metals

By Bob Berwyn summit daily news

Some recent estimates for treating drainage from the abandoned mine range as high as $20 million, according to Trout Unlimited's Elizabeth Russell, who has been leading the effort the past couple of years. That amount includes construction and annual operations and maintenance for as long as 20 years, but it's still much higher than expected. When Trout Unlimited entered the picture, there was speculation that a treatment plant could be built for under $1 million.

“All the work that's been done up there paints a much more dire picture of what we need to do,” Russell said.