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Wed, Oct. 21

Hearing on Orphan Mine next Tuesday

Next week, the Park Service will hold three informational meetings - one Flagstaff and two at Grand Canyon - to discuss the removal of man-made features at the Orphan Mine site on the Rim, west of the village.

The first meeting will be held at the Coconino Forest Supervisors Office Conference Room, 1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff, on Monday from 5-7 p.m.

The second and third meetings will be held at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium on Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon and from 5-7 p.m.

All meetings will feature the same content.

The Orphan Mine site was contaminated by uranium mining activity in the 1950s and 1960s.

The NPS will conduct an evaluation of cleanup alternatives - known as an "Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis" (EE/CA) - for Operable Unit 1 of the Orphan Mine site. This encompasses about 31 acres on and immediately below the South Rim of the Canyon.

On-site work is expected to begin on or around Nov. 1 and should be completed by Feb. 1. The proposed activities will be discussed at the informational meetings.

Phase II of the process, which consists of the field investigation and data collection/analysis, will beundertaken next year. After that is completed, the Park Service will come back with a preferred alternative for public review. In 2010, they will begin the process for Operable Unit 2, which includes the middle and lower mine areas.

The NPS is the lead agency under the Comprehensive Environmental Re-sponse, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for site response action investigations, selection, and implementation.

For more information on this project or the public meetings contact Maureen Oltrogge at 638-7779 or Shawn P. Mulligan, National Park Service, at 303-415-9014.

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