Major cleanup work for old mine near Lake Chelan

WENATCHEE — Work is ramping up this summer on a $100 million project to contain toxic wastes at an inactive mine in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest west of Lake Chelan.

The Wenatchee World reported about 200 workers will be hired and housed at Holden Village for the work at Holden mine.

The copper, zinc, gold and silver mine about 50 miles north of Chelan operated from 1938 to 1957. Mine tailings were left across 90 acres and acidic water drains into Railroad Creek.

The work includes relocating a half-mile of the creek away from the tailings, building a water treatment plant and stabilizing waste rock and tailings piles.

The Rio Tinto mining company is managing the work under oversight by the Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency and state Ecology Department.

———

Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

More in Local News

Man, 29, injured by shots fired at Everett thrift store

The gunfire followed an argument in the parking lot of Value Village on Evergreen Way.

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Drive-by shooting reported in Marysville neighborhood

Police said there was no evidence to indicate it was targeted at a specific person or property.

Celebrating the origins of Christmas

LDS church holds annual nativity festival featuring more than 600 sets.

Trooper’s car struck when he was arresting man for DUI

She drove away but was arrested for investigation of driving while the influence and hit-and-run.

Police looking for leads in case of missing Snohomish man

Henry John Groeneveld, 63, was last seen on Monday, when he said something about going to “the river.”

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

Most Read