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‘Gift bags’ of Superfund mine waste are pulled from shelves after EPA warning

In this undated photo provided by the Anaconda Chamber of Commerce, a bag of mining slag that was available for purchase as a souvenir at the Anaconda Chamber is seen. Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a century of smelting operations in Anaconda came across the potentially toxic tchotchkes for sale by the city’s chamber of commerce. The slag, a byproduct of smelting copper, contains small amounts of arsenic and lead. (Mary Johnston/Anaconda Chamber of Commerce via AP) FX101 FX101

HELENA, Mont. — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a century of smelting operations in Anaconda came across the potentially toxic tchotchkes for sale by...

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