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1 Smoky Canyon Mine. Taken from, WindowsLiveWriter/AsgoesIdahosogoestheNation_11818/PanelF_after_2.jpg

2 Found in Fertilizers Used in flares and match tips Used in Pesticides and herbicides for agriculture Also found in: toothpaste, soda pop, detergents, and roundup.

3 Match tips containing phosphorous main/ehow/images/a06/cp /et/obtain-red- phosphorus-800x800.jpg. Taken by, Roundup containing prosperous. Taken by, Toothpaste containing phosphorous. Taken by, Soda pop containing phosphorus. Taken by,

4 Mines in Caribou County. Taken by, Eastern Idaho phosphate mines. Taken by, Phosphate mines east of Soda Springs

5 Selenium in Monsanto's runoff stream. Taken from,

6 Orphan (inactive) mines not closed properly Selenium rich mine tailings dumped near streams Top soil non existent in some reclaimed sites

7 Abandoned mine in southeast Idaho. Taken by,

8 1. Plants absorb the selenium from streams and surface runoff 2. Some cows, sheep, fish, and wildlife diagnosed with chronic selenosis (selenium poisoning) 3. Humans consume fish and wildlife containing high levels of selenium

9 Left: cow died from selenium poisoning. Taken from, cow-8-20-09.jpg Right: cow with chronic selenosis. Taken by, 970c-500wi

10 Selenium occurs naturally in our bodies, however when concentrated into high doses can lead to Chronic Selenosis (selenium poisoning) and even death Drinking water derived from contaminated streams in the area may be harmful due to high levels of selenium Consuming Fish, wildlife, and domestic animals that graze in pastures near contaminated streams may also be harmful if Selenium levels are great enough

11 ProsCons FertilizersSelenium released into local water system Herbicides and PesticidesHarmful to landscape FoodsKilling plants and animals - Chronic selenosis (Selenium poisoning) Toothpaste and soap detergentsHumans consuming plants and wildlife rich in Selenium may be harmful

12 Many mines have been in violation of the clean water act for nearly a decade from high selenium levels. 5 Phosphate mine companies in Southeast Idaho: J.R. Simplot Company, Monsanto, Rhodia, NuWest Industries (Agrium), and Astaris (formally FMC) produce more than 5.4 million metric tons of ore per year The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is still accepting new mine proposals for the area 3 of the approximately 13-17 orphan mines are now superfund sites (Smoky Canyon Mine, Valley Mine, and South Rasmussen Ridge Mine) all located in Caribou County

13 Buck, Jones, Brian, Jeffery. "Interagency/Industry coordination at phosphate mines in Southeastern Idaho. " N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Oct 2011.. "Idaho: Phosphate Mining - Poisoning Lands, Waters, Wildlife. " N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Oct 2011. { "@context": "", "@type": "ImageObject", "contentUrl": "", "name": "Buck, Jones, Brian, Jeffery.", "description": "Interagency/Industry coordination at phosphate mines in Southeastern Idaho. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Oct 2011.. Idaho: Phosphate Mining - Poisoning Lands, Waters, Wildlife. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Oct 2011.

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