Online Whole Community Question & Answer Session regarding the Sulphur Bank Superfund Site Proposed Plan

Wed Jan 25, 2023 5:30pm – 7:30pm , Join Zoom Meeting:
During this session, EPA will provide information and updates related to the Proposed Plan, offer time for Q&As, and an opportunity to submit official written comments. Please use the information below to join the online meeting via Zoom, and feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested.

EPA will host an optional in-person public open house for community members interested in learning more about the Sulphur Bank Superfund Site Proposed Plan. This is an opportunity to ask questions of EPA staff, learn more about the site and related issues, and submit official written comments on the Proposed Plan. This optional open house is one of several engagement opportunities related to the Proposed Plan. 

Date and Time: February 8th, 2023 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.. 
Location: The Moose Lodge, 15900 Moose Lodge Lane; Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423

The 160 acre Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine Superfund site sits on the shore of Clear Lake in Lake County, Calif. Historic mining contaminated the property with unhealthy levels of mercury, arsenic and antimony. Contamination from the site also impacts the wetland area north of the mine and Clear Lake itself. Since the site was added to the Superfund cleanup program in August 1990, EPA has completed eight early cleanups to protect human health and the environment and reduce contamination in soil, lake water and sediments, fish and wildlife, and Tribal and residential properties near the mine.

The goals for the proposed cleanup are: Combining smaller waste piles with larger piles to reduce the area of contamination. Putting a liner, clean earth, and clean soil over the contaminated waste and soil to: make residential areas safe for a lifetime of use; make on-mine areas safe for use by Elem Indian Colony residents (hunting, fishing, foraging, transit to nearby lands); and prevent contamination from leaving the site with stormwater or wind. Limiting mercury entering Clear Lake to allow mercury levels in sediments and fish to decrease over time, and help EPA determine the cleanup needed for the lake.

The public can submit comments to EPA on the proposed plan until April 10, 2023, in the following ways: Email comments to EPA’s Gavin Pauley and Carter Jessop.

Printed comments can be mailed to:

Gavin Pauley, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
75 Hawthorne Street (Mail Code: OPA-2)
San Francisco, CA 94105.

Mailed comments must be postmarked by April 10th.

Oral comments can be left on EPA’s voicemail box at: (800) 231-3075.