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Mulch used at Sheldon Mine

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PRESCOTT, AZ (March 26, 2013) - The City of Prescott Solid Waste Division will be providing mulch to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Sheldon Mine, located two miles southeast of the Town of Walker.

The Sheldon Mine was one of the larger mining operations in the area located in unincorporated private land within the Prescott National Forest. Over the years, abandoned mine waste was left and in 2005, the EPA discovered elevated levels of lead and arsenic that were above acceptable regional screening levels.

The EPA will use the mulch to create a vegetative cover over the tailings decreasing runoff and water shed. The wood chips will serve as the first layer of material, acting as an absorbent and providing nitrate and phosphorous to encourage vegetative growth. The wood chips will then be topped with soil and an additional layer of bio-solids. Lastly, hydro seeds will be spread to grow a top cover.

"This is a very good use of the tons and tons of mulch available here at the Transfer Station," said Stephanie Miller, Field and Facilities Services Director. "We don't have to haul it to Gray Wolfe, and its being put to good use," she added.

For further information, please contact Stephanie Miller, at 777.1677.