Superfund Site:

STANDARD MINE
GUNNISON NATIONAL FOREST, CO

Superfund Site Profile

Site Contacts

Community Involvement Coordinator
Katherine Jenkins
(303) 312-6351

Remedial Project Manager
Andrew Schmidt
(303) 312-6283

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Site Location

Street Address:
COUNTY ROAD 12, RUBY MINING DISITRICT, GUNNISON NATIONAL FOREST, CO 81224

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Background

The 10-acre Standard Mine site is located in the Ruby Mining District of the Gunnison National Forest in Gunnison County, Colorado. Silver mining began in the southern Ruby Mining District in 1874, and continued up to 1974 at several mine sites in the area. Standard Mine was one of the three largest producing silver mines in the Ruby Mining District. Mining activities at the site contaminated soil, surface water and groundwater with heavy metals. These heavy metals are then deposited into Elk Creek, which flows into Coal Creek and eventually to downstream water users. Before the completion of Phase 1, ...
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