Almeda Mine Cleanup
The abandoned Almeda Mine on the Rogue River presents a unique opportunity to expose local, statewide, and national interests to the degradation arising from mineral mining and abandoned and inactive mines. Discharges into the Rogue River are easily observable by motorists and thousands of annual river users.
Almeda's direct discharges of acid drainage and heavy metals into the Rogue River degrade water quality and cause human health risks. In addition, the Rogue River and its tributaries support essential wild salmon and steelhead stocks and well-developed recreation industries. An estimated 45,000 people float this Almeda section of the river and thousands more camp and fish nearby.
CEE addresses the effects of mineral mining through public education and information and by involving local, statewide, and national constituencies. CEE emphasizes the effects of mining degradation on human health and water quality. To focus public attention, and to make on-the-ground improvements, CEE concentrates on specific mines and specific geographical areas. These efforts often span several years.
One such example is the abandoned Formosa Silver Butte Mine. CEE's work at Formosa started soon after CEE's founding in 1994. In September 2007, EPA—acting on CEE's 2005 petition to assert jurisdiction—added Formosa to the priority list of the nation's most hazardous sites.
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