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Just outside the town of Miami, adjacent to an open pit mine, sits a pool of toxic runoff water behind a chain link fence. Much of the drinking water in the surrounding communities is widely considered unsafe to drink. Block cave mining in Oak Flat will also create similar toxic pools of water on land that is sacred to the Apache and activists say it will jeopardize the fresh water aquifer that the people of San Carlos, Globe and Miami all depend on.