Added to Federal Cleanup List
March 10, 2010
"This Superfund listing will provide a healthier future for Kasaan Bay and for Kasaan Tribal members, local residents and everyone who eats salmon and shellfish from the Bay," said Dan Opalski, EPA Region 10 Superfund Director. "We look forward to cleaning up the Salt Chuck Mine site in collaboration with the tribe, the US Forest Service, the state of Alaska and affected stakeholders."
The Salt Chuck Mine is located on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest. Heavy metals from mine tailings have affected water quality and sediments in Lake Ellen Creek and the northern end of Kasaan Bay. Contamination affects the important commercial and subsistence salmon and shellfish fisheries in the bay.
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