Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Preliminary Assessment Program for Mined Lands and Industrial Facilities

In February 2002, DEQ initiated a Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection Program to evaluate and prioritize assessment of potentially contaminated sites. Idaho has more than 8,500 inactive and abandoned mines, mineral locations, and mineral discoveries. The state also has multiple abandoned or repurposed industrial facilities such as old landfills, repair and maintenance shops, dry cleaners and laundromats, rural airfields, railroad depots, and various manufacturers. Due to accessibility and funding considerations, priority is given to sites where potential contamination poses the most substantial threat to human health or the environment.

The Preliminary Assessment Program is implemented through a cooperative agreement between DEQ and EPA.

Remediation Options

The vast majority of sites assessed by DEQ do not warrant remedial action based on current uses. In the cases where DEQ finds that a substantial risk exists, one of several actions may occur.

  • The current owner or responsible party may voluntarily act to abate or manage risks at the property, although no formal agreement to do so is entered into with the government.
  • If there is a responsible party who is willing to work with DEQ to manage or abate associated risks, the property owner may enter DEQ’s Voluntary Cleanup Program and implement corrective action.
  • If a public entity is willing to take ownership of the site and either abate or manage risks at the site, the property may be a candidate for DEQ's Brownfields Program.
  • None of the property owners who have participated in the program are cleaning up sites due to regulatory action by DEQ; however, DEQ does have the regulatory obligation to address environmental threats and may instigate an administrative action by issuing the responsible party (owner/operator) a Notice of Violation (NOV) consistent with the Hazardous Waste Management Act (HWMA) or Environmental Protection and Health Act (EPHA). After issuing an NOV, DEQ will seek to alleviate the existing threat and may pursue penalties for violations of state law and cost recovery.
  • In the event that no responsible party exists and there is an imminent and substantial threat to human health and/or the environment, DEQ's director may declare a state of emergency. This declaration would allow DEQ to use emergency response funding to hire remediation specialists to clean up the site. Emergency response funds are drawn from penalties imposed on responsible parties who have violated the HWMA.
  • If state funding is unavailable, or the site falls under federal jurisdiction, the site may be placed on EPA National Priority List. EPA then leads the site cleanup effort.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out whether a site in your area poses a possible threat, or provide DEQ with information about a site that you suspect is contaminated, contact your nearest DEQ regional office or the staff contact listed on this web page.

Completed Preliminary Assessments by County

DEQ prepares preliminary assessment and site inspection reports of mine and industrial sites. DEQ's work at the sites listed below is in various stages of progress ranging from looking to acquire legal access to completiing preliminary assessment or site inspection report. Some of the sites listed below may also have links to engineering plans or construction completion reports for remedial action at the site.  Final preliminary assessment or site inspection reports are usually completed by DEQ within 5 to 6 months after a site visit has been conducted.

Note: Listed sites are private properties. Do not enter without the owner's permission. If authorized, avoid contact with hazardous materials and respect the property's historical significance.

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Site NameCountyAssessment TypeAssessment DateDocument Links
Idaho Champion Group Lode and Pacific Group Lode Claims
(aka Pacific Mine/Pacific Group patent, Champion Group, Idaho Champion Deposit, Black Champion patent, Champion patent, Nellie patent, Gold Dike patent, Meadow patent, Imperial patent, Elma patent, Ethel patent, Crown Point patent, Gold Card patent, Pittsburg patent, Big Elk Horn patent, Gold Leaf patent, Riverside patent, Mabel patent, Blue Jay patent, and mill site claims)
IdahoMiningMarch 2011Preliminary Assessment Report and Site Inspection Report
Idaho Forest Group
(aka Bennett Forest Industries, Shearer Lumber Products, Elk No. 1, Wolverine, All on Back, Alberta 1, Alberta 2, Alberta 4, Alberta 5, Alberta 6, Spotted Deer 1, Spotted Deer 2, Spotted Deer 3, Spotted Deer 4)
IdahoMiningOctober 2010Abbreviated Preliminary Assessment
Idaho Lakeview Mine & Mill
(aka Venezuela, Vensuela, Hewer, Western Adventure, Western Adventure #2, Western Adventure #5, Moonlight, Lakeview Mill, Gold Creek Shoshone Silver Mill, Idaho Lakeview Mine, Idaho Lakeview Mill Site, Late Bonanza, Venzwela Quartz)
BonnerMiningApril 2002Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection Report

Idaho Lakeview Mine & Mill Appendices
Idaho Transportation Department Turkey Island Site
Nez PerceIndustrialJanuary 2014Abbreviated Preliminary Assessment
Idahoan Group
(aka Idahoan, Richmond Lode, Eureka, Homestake, Whale, and Garfield patented mining claims)
BlaineMiningDecember 2009Preliminary Assessment Report
Idora Mill and Red Monarch Mine
ShoshoneMiningMay 2004Site Investigation Report
Idora Mine
ShoshoneMiningJuly 2003Site Investigation Report

Northern Coeur d'Alene Mining District, Stream-Sediment Geochemistry in Mining-Impacted Streams: Prichard, Eagle, and Beaver Creeks

Idora Mill Final Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis
Imperial Lode Mine & Mill Site
(aka Imperial Group, BLM Lot No. 38A, Parcels RP1M000000155B, and RP03N170230000)
BlaineMiningNovember 2009Preliminary Assessment Report
Independence & Saturn
(aka Independence and Saturn lode patents)
BoiseMiningJanuary 2009Preliminary Assessment Report
Independence 81 Mine
BlaineMiningDecember 2007Site Assessment

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Staff Contacts

Mine Waste Project Coordinator
Dana Swift
DEQ State Office
Waste Management & Remediation Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0296
dana.swift@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ Guidance

Gilmore Townsite Health and Safety Fact Sheet

Related Mining Reports

Related Pages

Brownfields in Idaho

Voluntary Cleanup Program