Superfund Site:

RIO TINTO COPPER MINE
MOUNTAIN CITY, NV

Superfund Site Profile

Site Contacts

Community Involvement Coordinator
Sarah Cafasso
(415) 972-3076

Remedial Project Manager
David Seter
(415) 972-3250

Site Location

Street Address:
SEC 10 & 11 T45N R53E MDM, MOUNTAIN CITY, NV 89831

Background

The Rio Tinto Mine Site (Site) is a 280-acres abandoned copper mine located approximately 2.5 miles south of Mountain City, in northern Elko County, Nevada. The Site is located upstream of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes’ Duck Valley Reservation on the East Fork Owyhee River. Mill Creek runs through the Site and flows into the East Fork Owyhee River. Both water bodies are impacted by mine-related heavy metals. This Site is designated as a Superfund Alternative Approach (SAA) site. Under this designation, EPA acts as support agency to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP, the lead agency).

The levels of copper, zinc, ...
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