SPOKANE RIVER METALS MYRTLE POINT

Myrtle Point Site before cleanup
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SITE BACKGROUND

Contaminants from historic mining practices in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin washed downstream and settled in soil and sediment along some Spokane River beaches.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studied mining contaminants in the Coeur d’Alene Basin and began a wide-spread cleanup of the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Superfund Site. As part of the EPA study and studies Ecology conducted, 9 beaches in Washington were cleaned up, including Myrtle Point.

Myrtle Point is on the south side of the Spokane River between river miles 84 and 85, about 2,600 feet downstream of the Trent Avenue Bridge. It covers 0.75 of an acre.


CONTAMINATION

The mining-related contaminants include arseniccadmiumlead and zinc.


Myrtle Point Site after cleanup
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CLEANUP

Cleanup was completed in 2012:

  • About 84 tons of contaminated sediment was excavated and disposed at the Graham Road landfill in Medical Lake.
  • Remaining metals-contaminated soil was covered with a protective cap to limit exposure to humans and wildlife.
  • The area was replanted with native riparian vegetation.
Ecology will conduct a periodic review at least every five years following site cleanup, as required by the Model Toxics Control Act. The purposes of the review are to evaluate site conditions and ensure the cleanup continues to protect human health and the environment.


 

Map showing site location as Spokane County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 615198

Cleanup Site ID: 11589

Location:
Spokane, Spokane County

Status: Cleanup Complete-Active O&M/Monitoring   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Brendan Dowling
Site Manager
(509) 329-3611

Erika Beresovoy
Public Involvement Coordinator
(509) 329-3546


Document Repositories:

Eastern Regional Office
N 4601 Monroe St
Spokane, 99205-1265
(509)329-3415