Proposed for Federal Cleanup List
September 29, 2009
Heavy metals from Salt Chuck Mine tailings are impacting water quality and sediments in Lake Ellen Creek and Kasaan Bay. The contamination affects both salmon and shellfish in areas of Kasaan Bay known as important commercial and subsistence fisheries.
"Salt Chuck Mine is a prime candidate for addition to the National Priorities List," said Dan Opalski, EPA's acting Deputy Regional Administrator in Seattle. "We believe that protecting both Kasaan tribal community health and the Prince of Wales Island environment will require Superfund's comprehensive cleanup toolbox."
Public comments will be accepted
for 60 days. The Federal Register Notice, with instructions on
how to comment on the proposed Salt Chuck Mine site, is available
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