[12/23/15] Holden Mine Work Continues This Winter

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Rio Tinto is wrapping up its 4th year of progress on the Holden Mine Remediation project- as part of a federally mandated cleanup.

The $200 million effort to remediate past environmental problems at the mine includes the cleanup and prevention of future water and soil contamination.

Rio Tinto has been working closely with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United states Forest Service to develop the plan for cleaning up the historic mine waste and dismantling old mining facilities.

Kari Grover-Weir is the Chelan District Ranger. She says that the project is typically snowbound during winter months- however, this year- crews will be staying on through the winter- and other crews are just leaving for the winter- because they were delayed during this summer’s evacuation of Holden Village…

Completion of the water treatment facility plant will mark the end of Phase 1 – which will be followed by several years of water-monitoring. All interested parties will then determine the necessity of a second phase.