The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an updated Administrator’s Emphasis List of Superfund sites on April 16 that no longer includes the Anaconda Copper Mine in Nevada.
“We are making tremendous progress expediting sites through the entire Superfund remediation process,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “The updated Emphasis List reflects our commitment to addressing Superfund sites as quickly and safely as possible.”
Pruitt has been at the helm of efforts to streamline and improve the program, and accelerate the cleanup and reuse of America’s most contaminated sites. He has visited the Anaconda Copper Mine as part of his effort to ensure timely decisions for cleanup of the sites to protect the health and environment of surrounding communities.
The Anaconda Copper Mine site covers more than 3,400 acres in Lyon County, approximately 65 miles southeast of Reno. The site includes groundwater contamination, tailings piles, waste rock areas and contaminated process areas.
On Feb. 5, Pruitt and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a National Priorities List Deferral Agreement to defer the site to Nevada. Under deferral, cleanup at the mine must achieve the same level of human health and environmental protection as a site on the priority list and must meet all applicable federal and state requirements.
EPA will review whether remedies are protective and will retain responsibility for the response actions on Tribal Land.
The initial list – consisting of 21 sites across the country – was released on Dec. 8 in response to Superfund Task Force Recommendations.