Superfund Site Profile
The 250-acre Leviathan Mine is an abandoned open-pit sulfur mine high on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada in Alpine County, California. The mine, 24 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe, has been contaminating a nine-mile stretch of mountain creeks. Toiyabe National Forest surrounds the site; there are no permanent residents within several miles. The stream system drains into Nevada about five miles from the mine and enters the picturesque Carson Valley nine miles downstream. Major environmental problems originated during open-pit sulfur mining that occurred from 1951 through 1962. During this period, Anaconda used Leviathan Mine as a source of ...
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