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U.S. EPA BEGINS MERCURY CLEANUP AT CLEAR LAKE SUPERFUND SITE

 U.S. EPA BEGINS MERCURY CLEANUP AT CLEAR LAKE SUPERFUND SITE
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today began the first phase of a major cleanup operation at the Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine, which is the most significant source of mercury contamination of Clear Lake. The open pit mine is located approximately 90 miles north of San Francisco and five miles north of the town of Clearlake, on the eastern shore of the Oaks Arm of Clear Lake. The site was added to the Superfund National Priorities List in 1990.
 "This action will substantially reduce further mercury pollution of the lake," said Jeff Zelikson, chief of U.S. EPA's regional Hazardous Waste Management Division.
 The work site consists of waste rock and tailing piles along a 1,320-foot segment of the lake's shore, which have been identified as a significant source
of mercury in the lake. The site is situated adjacent to the Elem Community of Pomo Indians, which has about 60 residents.
 Mercury levels in fish from the lake have exceeded the health advisory limits set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Since 1986, the California Department of Health Services has issued warnings advising local residents to limit their consumption of Clear Lake fish.
 The work will include bulldozing the waste piles back from the lake's shore so that wave action will not erode them, cutting back the slope of the waste piles to a less steep angle that will support vegetation, and recontouring the top of the waste piles so that rainwater runoff will drain into the abandoned mine pit rather than into the lake. These measures are expected to be completed by August.
 This phase of the cleanup is being undertaken by the Emergency Response Program of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (known as Superfund). Since 1980, U.S. EPA has conducted over 2,000 Superfund emergency response actions. The program covers imminent threats to human health and the environment. These situations range from acute, life-threatening hazardous substance spills to problems resulting from improper management of hazardous waste.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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