Newmont Mine trial put off |

Newmont Mine trial put off

A trial date for the City of Grass Valley’s lawsuit against Newmont Mining Corp. has been postponed until March 2009, City Administrator Dan Holler said.

“We weren’t surprised they continued it,” Holler said Wednesday. “It’s the judge’s calendar, and he has criminal case priorities.”

The city is suing Newmont for damages that occurred after a city sewer plant expansion in 2000 uncovered an old company-owned mine shaft that started spewing wastewater into the plant.

The city had to pay $1.5 million in improvements at the plant to handle the water – which corrodes equipment faster due to high mineral content – and has spent at least another $1.5 million in legal fees on the matter.

“We’re continuing to talk with Newmont” in the hope of a settlement, Holler said. Another mediation meeting in the dispute will be held before the March trial date, Holler added.

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