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Carson City Field Office
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BLM Cleans Up Gooseberry Mine in Storey County

December 9, 2004
Contact: Public Affairs Officer Mark Struble, (775) 885-6107

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City Field Office, reports the recent successful clean up of hazardous waste from the 90-acre Gooseberry Mine/Mill Complex, located eight miles south of the Tracey Clark Exit on U.S. Intestate Highway 80 in Storey County, Nevada. The site is a combination of patented private land and public lands administered by BLM.

Underground gold and silver mining had been occurring at the mine site off and on since the 1930’s. The majority of the structures and facilities at the site are located on private land and they include the mine/mill complex, a laboratory, heap leach pads, mill tailings and a solid waste landfill.

In an on-going program of cleaning up and rehabilitating abandoned mine sites in Nevada, the BLM contracted with Phillips Services Corporation (PSC) for on-site management of mine wastes, including the identification, removal and proper disposal of more than 100 drums of containerized hazardous wastes. Former mine heap leach tailings pond materials were also isolated in a lined containment trench to prevent the materials from contaminating surface and ground water as a result of storm/rain runoff.

The site is now considered safe from hazardous waste. Future mine site rehabilitation (such as building removal and grading) will be conducted as funds become available.

The former owner and operator of the facility, Pallas Resources (1993-1998) filed for bankruptcy and the private property was deeded to the Storey County Treasurer in June 1998. BLM is working with the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and the Nevada Division of Minerals (NDOM) to close and rehabilitate the site.


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