RCRA Violations at Mining Operations In Nevada

RCRA Violations at Mining Operations In Nevada
Joint letter from Great Basin Resource Watch and EARTHWORKS

Published: December 17, 2008

By: Dan Randolph Bonnie Gestring

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December 18, 2008

Daniel Fernandez
Mailcode: WST-3
RCRA Enforcement Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

RE: RCRA Violations at Mining Operations in Nevada

Dear Mr. Fernandez,

Great Basin Resource Watch and Earthworks congratulate and thank the EPA for the recent Notices of Violations (NOVs) for hazardous waste management at the Jerritt Canyon and Gold Quarry mines in Nevada. We request that EPA conduct similar inspections at the other mines in Nevada that produce and handle sizable quantities of mercury.

Great Basin Resource Watch (GBRW) and Earthworks are both non-profit organizations that work to reduce the negative impacts of hard-rock mining on communities and lands. Both organizations have been concerned with the production and handling of mercury at the precious metal mines in Nevada for many years.

As you are aware, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has required mercury emission and production reports for a few years now. Based upon these reports, we request the EPA to conduct hazardous waste management inspections at the following mines that produced over 100 pounds of mercury in 2007:

Thank you for your attention to this matter of extreme importance.



Dan Randolph
Great Basin Resource Watch
85 Keystone Ave., Suite K
Reno, NV 89503

Bonnie Gestring
1612 K St., NW, Suite 808
Washington, D.C. 20006


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