Reclaiming the Sierra

Workshop: Encouraging Voluntary Cleanups

This workshop was held at The Sierra Fund’s annual conference “Reclaiming the Sierra: A Community Summit on Mining Impacts” November 8-9, 2010 in Nevada City, California.

Workshop Notes

Synopsis: This workshop will explore the obstacles to remediating abandoned mines on private and public land, including the role that the Clean Water Act plays in discouraging remediation, the difference in remediation requirements between state and federal regulations, and explore ways to incentivize clean-up.  Facilitator Leah Goldberg, Meyers Nave.

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Debbie Schechter, EPA Region 9: The Brownfields program, the Clean Water Act, Superfund, and other rules that impact mine remediation

Phil Woodward, State Water Resources Control Board: How California’s unique state regulations around water quality impact abandoned mine remediation and opportunities to improve incentives for remediation

Steve Becker, Department of Toxic Substances Control: The state’s current approach to abandoned mine remediation and how they work with other agencies including local government to oversee cleanups

Tim Vendlinski, Sustainable Conservation: Research on Good Samaritan efforts to remediate an abandoned mercury mine on Mt. Diablo in the Bay Area