DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management has acquired 285 acres of patented mining claims around Silverton as settlement in a lawsuit against a company that once operated the Mayflower Mill.

Regulators say the agreement with Standard Metals Corp. consolidates BLM holdings and allows the agency to better protect cultural resources and wildlife habitat.

According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/b4ng63s ), 40 patented mining claims in San Juan, Ouray and Hinsdale counties were transferred to the BLM by Standard Metals Corp. as partial payment for recovery of costs in connection with the release or threatened release toxic substances in three states.


Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com