CARSON RIVER MERCURY SITE
On this page:
- About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
- Redevelopment at the Site
- Economic Activity at the Site
About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.
Redevelopment at the Site
The Virginia City Historic District, in which many of the historic mill sites are located, depends heavily on the tourism economy. The areas surrounding the Carson River are mostly agricultural for ranching and farming. EPA and the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection continue to work with residential developers and single family homeowners in the affected towns to prevent unacceptable risk of exposure to contamination. The Comstock Mining Company, operating in Silver City, also conducts exploration, mining and processing of gold and silver in Storey and Lyon counties. The mine provides extensive environmental monitoring data to the regulators to ensure that the soils within the site footprint are adequately handling CERCLA wastes and not further releasing contaminants. EPA’s selected cleanup plan, which relies on institutional controls coordinated closely with the county building and planning departments, allows the continued industrial, commercial and residential use of the site throughout cleanup activities.
Economic Activity at the Site
As of December 2017, EPA had data on 2 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 66 people and generated an estimated $2,200,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.