• Mining companies are supposed to return the land to its natural state when they are done.
  • Chemicals released from mining can contaminate nearby water sources.
  • U.S. law states that once mining is complete, the land must be restored.
  • This process is called reclamation.
  • A pit may be refilled with dirt.
  • It may be filled with water to create a lake.
  • The pits may be turned into landfills.
  • Underground mines may be sealed off or left open as homes for bats.
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