Jan 01, 2018

Anaconda Copper Mine to Cleanup Contaminated Ponds

The EPA has targeted the Nevada mine for immediate and intense action

Anaconda Mine in Nevada targeted for immediate action by EPA

The Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington, Nev., had been targeting for immediate and intense action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund Task Force. The mine is the only site that made the list from Nevada, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.

An open-pit mine located in central Nevada approximately 65 miles southeast of Reno sits on more than 3,400 acres of land and was in operation from 1952 to 1978. The Anaconda Copper Mine was a major producer of ore cranking out 360 million tons of ore and 15 million tons of overburden. The long-term result was 400 acres of waste rock, 900 acres of contaminated tailing and 300 acres of disposal ponds.

A news release by the EPA said in a status update on the project, “The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and EPA have taken several emergency removal actions at the site to address immediate concerns, and have required the mine owner to begin remedial investigations and feasibility studies to determine the extent of contamination and potential cleanup options for the site.”