Sinkholes at lead mine site raise concerns

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CENTERVILLE, Mo. (AP) _ The Doe Run Co. is working with several governmental agencies to address sinkhole problems at a mine site in southeast Missouri.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri ( ) reports that in addition to two sinkholes at the West Fork mine site in Reynolds County, Doe Run has acknowledged surface settling and surface cracking. The company also recently announced it had successfully filled in three other sinkholes that first appeared in April.

Active lead mining is not taking place at West Fork, and no injuries have been reported. Still, the sinkholes have raised concerns of some neighboring residents, who worry that similar sinkholes will start showing up around their homes and businesses.

Steve Batts, divisional general manager for Doe Run, says the cause isn’t yet clear.