Superfund Site: SALT CHUCK MINE

Superfund Site Profile


The Salt Chuck Mine site is an inactive former mine located on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest at the northern end of Kasaan Bay in southeast Alaska. The site consists of a 45-acre upland area and an 80-acre intertidal area. The mine operated from 1905 to 1941, contaminating uplands and sediments in the head of the Bay with heavy metals. At the request of the state of Alaska, EPA added the Salt Chuck Mine to the Superfund Program’s National Priorities List (NPL) 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 United State Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service) has supplied funding for long-term cleanup of the upland part of the site. Remedial investigations are ongoing.