National Forest Service News Release

    Public Comment Requested for the Draft Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis: Eugene Mine and Poland Millsite Site, Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District 

    Forest Service

    PRESCOTT, AZ – August 6, 2021 – Prescott National Forest officials are requesting public comments and input for the Draft Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) and Supplement to the Draft EE/CA reports for the Eugene Mine and Poland  Millsite (Site), located on the Bradshaw Ranger District of the  Prescott  National  Forest,  near Poland Junction, Arizona, Yavapai county.  These two abandoned mines contain over 4,500 cubic yards of waste rock and tailings left from past mining operations.  All written public comments are due by close of business on September 12,  2021.

    The EE/CA and Supplement to the Draft EE/CA reports were prepared to identify and evaluate cleanup alternatives to reduce the potential threat to human health and the environment from elevated concentrations of hazardous substances contained in the waste rock, soil, and tailings.  The proposed action is being conducted under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to respond to to these releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances.  The recommended cleanup alternative is Alternative 4 which includes mine waste excavation, on-site consolidation in a repository, and capping with clean soil. 

    Copies of the EE/CA, Supplement to the Draft EECA, and Administrative Record are available at the Bradshaw Ranger District Office (344 S. Cortez St. Prescott, AZ 86303), and the Prescott Supervisors Office (735 N Hwy 89, Chino Valley, AZ).  They are also available on the Prescott National Forest website at:

    To review the documents at the Bradshaw Ranger District, please contact Frances Alvarado or Zakiya Shivji at (928) 443-8000 to make an appointment. 

    Send written comments via mail or email to:

    Angelica Villa

    USDA Regional Office

    333 Broadway Blvd, SE

    Albuquerque, NM 87102

                   [email protected]   (please reference “Eugene Mine/Poland Millsite” in the subject line).   

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