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[$$] Company in Legal Fight with Montana Halts Mine Cleanup Work

An Idaho mining company notified environmental regulators Tuesday that it was halting reclamation work at a closed silver and copper mine in northwest Montana, amid a legal fight with the state over cleanup expenses at other sites. State officials blamed Hecla for the work stoppage, while Republican lawmakers backed the company and said the state’s lawsuit was at fault. The dispute underscores growing tensions over allegations by the state that Mr. Baker bears responsibility under Montana’s “bad actor law” for ongoing pollution at several mines owned by his former employer, Pegasus Mining.