Superfund Site: SALT CHUCK MINE
THORNE BAY, AK

Superfund Site Profile

SITE BACKGROUND

The Salt Chuck Mine is an inactive former gold, silver, copper, and palladium mine on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest at the northern end of Kasaan Bay in southeast Alaska. Elevated amounts of heavy metals from mine tailings exist in the uplands and sediments in the head of the Bay. These heavy metals may affect shellfish in areas that could be harvested by the local community. At the request of the state of Alaska, EPA added the Salt Chuck Mine to the Superfund National Priorities List in March 2010. The listing makes the site eligible to receive these federal funds for long-term cleanup of the marine part of the site. The USDA Forest Service has supplied funding for long-term cleanup of the upland part of the site.