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The EPA project team, with support from our contractors and Oregon DEQ, are working in the Furnace Creek area of the Black Butte Mine Superfund Site. Contaminated mine tailings and contaminated soils/sediment are being excavated for safe disposal in an off-site repository. Removing the mine tailings will remove a source of mercury contamination from the Furnace Creek catchment area, reduce the leaking of mercury into Furnace Creek, reduce the potential for mercury leaching into groundwater, and reduce surface water and shallow groundwater interaction with contaminated sediment within the Furnace Creek bed.

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Public Participation Opportunities

Public meetings will be announced online, by e-mail, and by notices or announcements in the local newspaper.

EPA's Community Involvement Plan is intended to help ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process.

Black Butte Mine Community Involvement Plan (12 pp, 904.06 KB)

For more information about the Black Butte Mine Superfund Site cleanup, please contact Suzanne Skadowski, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at (206) 553-2160 or

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Site News Archive

Black Butte Mine in the News:

Oregonian, March 30, 2017:  19 of Oregon's most polluted places

The Register-Guard, January 26, 2017:  Striking history

Statesman Journal, August 17, 2015:  Toxic legacy: Abandoned mines cover Oregon, the West

News Release, March 3, 2010:  Former Mercury Mine near Cottage Grove Added to EPA Cleanup List 

Oregonian, September 24, 2009: EPA proposes putting Black Butte mercury mine on Superfund cleanup list

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