Mine settles Alaska pollution suit

A trial in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit over water pollution violations by Alaska's largest mine scheduled to begin Monday in Anchorage has been canceled.

Six residents of Kivalina, a Northwest Inupiaq village about 50 miles from the Red Dog zinc and lead mine, sued the mine's operator in 2004, accusing it of polluting their drinking water supply.

They claimed the mine could be liable for as much as $70 million, according to a court filing in March.

But just days before the federal trial was to begin, the plaintiffs are finalizing a settlement with the mine's operator, Teck Cominco Alaska Inc., according to a court notice filed by attorneys.

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