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Lava Cap Mine - EPA Open House

Lava Cap Mine - EPA Open House

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the public to an open house where EPA will explain its upcoming pipeline construction work for the Lava Cap Mine Superfund site. The meeting will be held on June 21, 2012 at Esterly Hall, Nevada County Association of Realtors, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, from 6:00p.m.to 8:00p.m.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the public to an open house where EPA will explain its upcoming pipeline construction work for the Lava Cap Mine Superfund site. The meeting will be held on June 21, 2012 at Esterly Hall, Nevada County Association of Realtors, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, from 6:00p.m.to 8:00p.m.

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Lava Cap MineSuperund Site
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June 2012
EPA Begins Water Pipeline Project
 The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the public to anopen house where EPA will explain its upcoming pipeline construction work or theLava Cap Mine Superund site. The meeting will be held on June 21, 2012 at EsterlyHall, Nevada County Association o Realtors, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley,rom 6:00p.m.to 8:00p.m.During the open house, EPA will also update the community on the status o othersite activities, including 1) the design o the adit water treatment plant, 2) the easi-bility study or the Lost Lake area, and 3) the frst fve year review or the mine area.
Open House
 June 21, 20126:00p.m. to 8:00p.m
Esterly HallNevada County  Association o Realtors336 Crown Point CircleGrass Valley 
At-A-Glance
What:
Constructionactivities at theLava Cap MineSuperund Site.EPA will build an 8-inch diameter water supply pipeline to provide areliable municipal drinking watersupply rom Nevada IrrigationDistrict (NID) to the aectedproperties.
Where:
Te 1.5 mile long 8-inch pipeline(approximately 3 eet deep) will starton ensy Lane, and continue northon Lava Cap Mine Road then go west towards Lee Lane (see Figure 1).
When:
 July 2012-November 2012
Open House:
See Box above
Construction o 8-inch Pipeline Remedyor Operable Unit 2 (OU2)
Te project is part o the Operable Unit 2 (OU2) groundwater remedy at the Lava CapMine Superund Project to provide drinking water to residents whose drinking water wellsare impacted with arsenic contamination rom the Lava Cap Mine Superund Site.EPA will build an approximately 1.5 mile 8-inch distribution line and 12-inch service lines,to connect only impacted residences and non-impacted residences where the pipeline will gothrough their properties.
Potential Community Impacts
Lava Cap Mine is in a relatively remote location, yet construction may be audible orneighboring residences. emporary trac congestion may also result rom construction ma-chinery at the site. Te main access route or construction-related trac will be along ensy Lane, located o Greenhorn Road.Some o the equipment used during eldwork may generate noise while trenching or dur-ing installation o the distribution and services lines. Predominantly, equipment noise willconsist o running diesel/biodiesel-powered construction equipment and the saety beeps o reversing vehicles. Tere will be continuous monitoring o noise at the site to ensure it doesnot become a nuisance.Materials such as pipes, soil and rock, will be brought onto the Site at various phases o theproject rom July 2012 to November 2012. Work will take place between the hours o 7a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work may continue on Saturdays i necessary tomeet the all completion deadline or the work.Concerns related to noise, construction, or any other site related questions and concernsshould be directed to the EPA contacts listed on the back o this act sheet.
 
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Lava Cap Mine Superund Site
Will I be aected by eldwork at the site?
Te site is relatively remote and disturbance is expected to beminimal except or immediately adjacent property owners. Nocontaminated soil or water will leave the site during constructionactivities without proper testing that would allow proper disposal. All equipment associated with the work will be properly washedprior to exiting the site and entering public roads.
Site History
Lava Cap Mine, located in the northern oothills o theSierra Nevada Mountains, operated as a gold and silver minerom 1861 until 1943. Te 30-acre mine property processedore to extract gold and silver, which produced nely groundtailings containing naturally-occurring arsenic and tracemetals at high concentrations.Te tailings were disposed in the Little Clipper Creek drain-age adjacent to the mine’s ore processing buildings. Tetailings were held in place by a log dam constructed acrossLittle Clipper Creek. During a major storm in January 1997,the log dam partially collapsed and the food waters spreadarsenic-laden tailings down stream.EPA designated these tailings a health and environmentalthreat because they are highly toxic and exposure to thesetailings presents a signicant health risk. In 1999, the ederalgovernment placed the site on its National Priorities List orNPL (commonly called the Superund List).
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Is trafc going to be disrupted?
Te waterline must be located under the street so that NID canperorm uture maintenance. Tereore, only one lane o trac willbe open during excavation, installation and backlling o the trench.In rare places where the waterline crosses both lanes o the road orculverts are being replaced, a street closure o short duration will benecessary.Te implementation o the eldwork will result in signicant addi-tional trac in the neighborhood. Tis is expected when equipmentis mobilized to the site and ater completion o the work. Additionaltrac will include trucks and support vehicles traveling to and rom work during the day when the pipeline is being installed. Tis trac will be mostly limited to the beginning and end o the workday.
What will I see duringconstruction?
Most o the eld activities will take place in the area o the site. EPA and contractor work trailers may be parked onsite or on one o theimpacted properties (see ull-page map). Most o the time, you will see workers wearing hard hats, saety glasses, saety gloves and work boots.Soil removed during the trenching will be staged in piles on plastic.Non-contaminated soil may be screened o large rocks and reusedin the trench. I the removed trench soil is contaminated, it will becontained, analyzed or o-site disposal and placed in trucks by us-ing loaders. No contaminated soil will be placed back in the trench.Te construction area will be enced o during these activities tokeep the public a minimum distance away or their saety.
 
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How will workers and the publicbe protected during eld work?
 As required by the Occupational Saety and Health Administration(OSHA), during construction and remediation activities at hazard-ous sites, the Site will be divided into work zones to help controlaccess to work areas.Te work will be conducted most likely rom both ends o thepipeline in a linear ashion moving along the length o the pipelineroute. For a length o trenching activity, the immediate area alongthe water line route will be designated the exclusion zone. Tis zone will be limited to workers only and will be controlled and monitoredby EPA. EPA will also designate a sae distance rom the work area.Te potential level o exposure to Site contaminants determines theboundaries o this work zone and it will be designated by proes-sionals experienced with assessing such potential exposure andtrained to be responsible or worker saety. All work will be per-ormed in accordance with an approved Health and Saety. Workers within the exclusion zone may wear protective clothing andpossibly respirators. Ten, samples will be collected and analyzed.Depending on the analytical results, the work may continue withoutusing an exclusion zone or that length o trench.Outside o the exclusion zone and on-site, workers will typically  wear normal work clothes because the potential to be exposed to thecontamination is much lower or non-existent.Site neighbors and the general public will be outside all work zones.Tere is no potential or site work exposing such individuals to sitecontaminants or a requirement or them to wear protective clothing,respirators or equipment. EPA will implement dust prevention tocontrol generation o dust.
Can I visit the Site duringeldwork?
EPA is committed to open communication with the public regard-ing site activities. EPA wants to make sure that all questions that thepublic has about activities at the Site are answered. o better servethe community during eld work, a Bulletin Board will be installedoutside o the exclusion zone and be easily accessible to the public.Te Site Bulletin Board will host EPA inormation on eldwork andprovide community space or site-related postings.EPA’s Project Manager, Bruni Dávila, will be available to answerquestions. Te availability o the Community Involvement Coor-dinator and Project Manager to meet with the public will change weekly depending on eld work activities. You may also call EPA sta at 1-800-231-3075.
Community Involvement
EPA has a number o ways to keep the community inormed aboutthe progress o its work and to solicit public input into the decision-making process.o learn more about the Site, you will nd an extensive amount o inormation at EPAs Inormation Repositories (see box on back).One convenient place to nd major Site documents is to go to EPA’s web site:
 www.epa.gov/region09/lavacap.
EPA has two points o contact or the Lava Cap Mine Site: the Re-medial Project Manager, Bruni Dávila and the Community Involve-ment Coordinator, David Cooper. I you have technical questionsabout EPAs cleanup eort, please call Bruni Dávila, and i you havequestions about public participation, please call David Cooper.
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Mailing List Coupon
I you are not already on the Lava Cap Superund Site mailing list and would like to be, please fll out the coupon belowand return it to: David Cooper, Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA, 75 Hawthorne St. (SFD-6-3), San Francisco,CA 94105 or e-mail the inormation to:
cooper.david@epa.gov 
Name __________________________________________________________________________________Mailing Address _________________________________________________________________________City, State __________________________________________________ Zip _______________________E-mail Address ___________________________________________________________________________

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