Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Recovery Act Projects to Address Safety Hazards and Environmental Damage at Abandoned Mines
WASHINGTON.- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today $19.88 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to address safety hazards and environmental damage caused by abandoned mines. The 14 projects receiving Recovery Act funds are located in National Forests in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Michigan, and Montana.
“The funding provided by President Obama’s Recovery Act will address safety hazards and correct environmental damage at neglected and abandoned mines around the country,” said Vilsack.
The remediation activities undertaken as part of these projects include closing mine openings and vertical shafts; recontouring open pits, trenches, and associated roads; and removing or stabilizing abandoned buildings, equipment, and hazardous materials. To enhance safety, mine openings will be gated and signs posted to prevent public entry. Watershed cleanup activities will include replacing contaminated soil and debris from ground surfaces and streams with clean soils and native vegetation and restoring streams to their original channels.
For instance, in California, Recovery Act funds will be used to remove and contain toxic waste that has been leaking into local streams and rivers for over a century from the Blue Ledge Copper Mine, killing aquatic life and posing unacceptable threats to human health. This project will remove and contain the toxic waste dumps and prevent further release of hazardous materials, creating new jobs for constructions workers, scientists, engineers, biologists, and safety specialists.
The list of projects receiving funding (by state):
Alaska (2 projects): $2.8 million
Resurrection Creek Watershed Restoration
Salt Chuck Mine Removal Action
Ariz. (3): $1.75 million
World’s Fair Mine Adit - Acid Mine Drainage Remediation
Santa Rita Abandoned Mine Safety Mitigation/Closures
North Phoenix Abandoned Mine Safety Mitigation/Closures
Calif. (5): $10.9 million
Abandoned mines - White Pine County
Abandoned Mine Safety Closures
Abandoned Mine Remediation
Tahoe National Forest Abandoned Mines
Blue Ledge Mine
Idaho (1): $3.6 million
North Idaho Abandoned Mines Cleanup
Mich. (2): $340,000
Mine Closures Upper Michigan, Phase I
Mine Closure in Upper Michigan, Phase 2 and Norwich Mine Interpretive Trail
Mont. (1): $450,000
TOTAL: (14): $19,884.00
Additional information about these projects and other Forest Service ARRA projects can be found at: http://fs.usda.gov.
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