How to solve a problem like mine water?

Pollution seeping from abandoned mines into rivers is here to stay. Catherine Early investigates the work being done to clean-up this perpetual problem and whether some of the otherwise valuable minerals can be put to good use

by Catherine Early
Vertical flow ponds intercept water from the Force Crag mine in Cumbria and filter out toxic metals. Photograph: Coal Authority
Vertical flow ponds intercept water from the Force Crag mine in Cumbria and filter out toxic metals. Photograph: Coal Authority

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