Chelan— Progress continues with the Holden Mine Remediation Project with the issuing of the Unilateral Administrative Order, site improvements, and project plan approvals.
The Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency have jointly issued a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) to Intalco Aluminum Corporation for the Holden Mine Site Remediation project on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The order requires Intalco to implement the selected remedy identified in the January 2012, Record of Decision for the project. It is a guide for both the remedy implementation and post remedy actions including monitoring and maintenance.
Effective July 12, 2012, the UAO replaced the Administrative Order of Consent (AOC) that has been referenced for the past 15 years for project decisions.
One key site improvement for this season is the installation of the temporary bypass bridge across Railroad Creek. This bridge will help reroute project traffic to and from the mine site without having to travel through the neighboring Holden Village.
The Forest Service has also approved plans for the development of land based construction for the Lucerne Barge landing adjacent to the current Forest Service public dock at Lucerne. This prep work includes the development of a staging area, improvements to vehicle turnaround, and a marked pedestrian route for Lady of the Lake passengers and Holden Village visitors. This construction will not interfere will the Holden Village bus schedule or the Lady of the Lake passenger ferry schedule.
These efforts are part of the early work in preparation for the major construction for the Holden Mine Remediation Project. For more information about the Mine clean up visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen/