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March 27, 1994 | FLORENCE WILLIAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Williams is a freelance writer in Steamboat Springs, Colo
Don Peoples leans out over the viewing station of the state's deepest lake. Well, not a lake, exactly; it's a gaping, open-pit mine half filled with toxic water--17 billion gallons of it, and rising. "That's an awful-looking sight out there," says Peoples, an entrepreneur who was the city's mayor during the 1980s. He watched the copper mine shut down in 1982, leaving 5,000 people unemployed and the mile-wide Berkeley Pit smack in the middle of uptown Butte.
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March 27, 1994 | FLORENCE WILLIAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Williams is a freelance writer in Steamboat Springs, Colo
Don Peoples leans out over the viewing station of the state's deepest lake. Well, not a lake, exactly; it's a gaping, open-pit mine half filled with toxic water--17 billion gallons of it, and rising. "That's an awful-looking sight out there," says Peoples, an entrepreneur who was the city's mayor during the 1980s. He watched the copper mine shut down in 1982, leaving 5,000 people unemployed and the mile-wide Berkeley Pit smack in the middle of uptown Butte.
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