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Contact: Tom Blount, (423) 569-9778
Contact: Christopher Derman
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area contains over 100 abandoned mine openings which are part of historic coal operations. Abandoned mines produced waste rock, open portals and, in some cases, contaminated mine drainage, which are human safety and environmental hazards. Some sites contain unique cultural and natural resources.
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers, completed an environmental assessment for the remediation of selected contaminated mine drainage sites at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in McCreary County, Kentucky. The purpose of this document is to analyze the impacts to park resources as a result of contaminated mine drainage remediation. Remediation of contaminated mine drainage sites will help improve water quality and aquatic habitat in the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. The National Park Service made a Finding of No Significant Impact to park resources as a result of the proposed remediation.
For more information, call park headquarters at (423) 569-9778.