BLM interdisciplinary team inventories abandoned shaft near Ridgecrest, CA.
Kelly mine in Red Mountain CA, with mine tailings in the background.
Closure of an abandoned mine south of Riverside CA.
Bureau of Land Management maintains an inventory of 18,000 known abandoned mine sites in California . Most sites contain hazardous materials impact public and environment.
Physical Safety Hazards include:
• open shafts and adits
• open pits
Physical Safety Hazard projects help improve public safety and impacts on wildlife.
Environmental issues impact:
• water quality
• soil and air
The Abandoned Mine Land environmental projects remediate dangers to the environment and public health on BLM public lands.
BLM strives to complete ongoing environmental and physical remediation projects before undertaking new projects.