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National Forest Development Road 142 Chelan, WA United States

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What is the Holden Village Mine Remediation (HVMR) project? It is a multi-million dollar effort to clean up contaminants that were left from the Howe Sound Holden Mine era. Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining groups, is managing and paying for the cleanup under the supervision of the U.S. Forest Service. More than 120 acres, largely across Railroad Creek from Holden Village, are included in the affected area. Forest Service officials are pleased with the excellent progress made this season at the inactive mine located on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, about 50 miles north of the city of Chelan. Among the most significant achievements of the summer has been the dismantling of the Howe Sound Mill Structure. Chelan District Ranger Kari Grover Wier describes the absence of the old mill structure as a visible sign of recovery at the Holden Mine site. ~gleaned from http://www.holdenvillage.org/mine-remediation/