Lyon County’sAnaconda Mine site to make Superfund list
September 8, 2016
A Mason Valley copper mine will be added to the Environmental Protection Agency Superfund program's National Priorities List, officials said on Thursday.
Listing the Anaconda Copper Mine site in Lyon County is the first step in a process to make the site eligible to receive federal funding for a long-term, permanent cleanup.
"We have been working to address the contamination at the Anaconda Mine since 2001," said EPA's Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Alexis Strauss. "EPA welcomes public input on the proposal and we look forward to continuing our collaborative work with BLM, the State of Nevada and local officials, tribal governments and the Lyon County community."
Officials from Nevada, EPA and potentially responsible parties have studied, characterized and in some instances, cleaned up portions of the Anaconda Copper Mine site. Listing the site will allow access to funding, and development of a comprehensive plan to address the contamination.
"The BLM agrees with both EPA and the State that the site warrants attention," said Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Director John Ruhs. "The BLM looks forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the EPA and the State of Nevada on this issue."
Publication in the Federal Register is the next step in the process to obtain federal funds to help clean up the site.
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"This public notice in the Federal Register is an anticipated next step in the process to secure federal funds to help with remediation of the Anaconda mine site," said interim Director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Kay Scherer. "We are pleased to see that the site — which remains fully under control – has been recognized and included on the list of proposed national priorities, as it demonstrates that the U.S. EPA acknowledges the site is on track to proceed with corrective action."