Posted by: Green Knight | March 9, 2011

Yours, Mine, and Mined

Just in from EPA regarding Superfund sites:

The following 10 sites have been added to the National Priorities List:

Dwyer Property Ground Water Plume, Elkton, Md.
Washington County Lead District – Furnace Creek, Caledonia, Mo.
ACM Smelter and Refinery, Cascade County, Mont.
Mansfield Trail Dump, Byram Township, N.J.
Dewey Loeffel Landfill, Nassau, N.Y.
Wright Chemical Corporation, Riegelwood, N.C.
Milford Contaminated Aquifer, Milford, Ohio
Cabo Rojo Ground Water Contamination, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Hormigas Ground Water Plume, Caguas, Puerto Rico
West County Road 112 Ground Water, Midland, Texas

The following 15 sites have been proposed to the National Priorities List:

Blue Ledge Mine, Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest, Calif.
New Idria Mercury Mine, Idria, Calif.
Sandoval Zinc Company, Sandoval, Ill.
Gary Development Landfill, Gary, Ind.
Sauer Dump, Dundalk, Md.
Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp, Columbus, Miss.
Red Panther Chemical Company, Clarksdale, Miss.
Garfield Ground Water Contamination, Garfield, N.J.
MolyCorp Inc., Questa, N.M. (re-proposal)
New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination, New Cassell/Hicksville, N.Y.
CTS of Asheville, Inc., Asheville, N.C.
Astoria Marine Construction Company, Ore.
North Ridge Estates, Klamath Falls, Ore.
US Finishing/Cone Mills, Greenville, S.C.
Alamo Contaminated Ground Water, Alamo, Tenn.

Notice how many are mining sites, plus smelters/refineries.  Mines have had the Bevill exclusion to RCRA in place since it was passed, even though I was told, when I had my initial EPA training in 1988, that the exclusion had a short shelf-life and would be gone soon.  It’s still in place.  So it all ends up having to be dealt with under CERCLA instead, with public money, and Superfund hasn’t had an infusion of cash into the fund since 1996.  Big Oil and Big Coal get all the attention, but Big Metal Mining needs a closer look as well.  The attached photo is of a contaminated “lake” at a copper mine in a western state.  Is water supposed to BE that color?

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