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Mine fined for errors

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The owner of an Okanogan County gold mine has been fined $22,000 by the state Department of Ecology for submitting inaccurate water discharge test results.

Crown Resources Corp., a subsidiary of Kinross Gold Co., was issued the fine for operation of its mine on Buckhorn Mountain near the town of Chesaw.

The company's water quality permit requires it to treat water at the mine before discharging it and to sample discharge water every two weeks. Inaccurate reports occurred from samples collected from May to August 2009, Ecology said. The company discovered the errors, conducted its own investigation and notified Ecology, said Charlie McKinney, Ecology water quality manager in Yakima.

Doug Jones, Crown Resources vice president and general manager, said inaccuracies have been addressed and that there have been no issues since August 2009.

-- Dan Wheat

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