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Public Comment Period on Proposed Basin Cleanup Plan Extended for 60 Days

Release Date: 12/17/2001
Contact Information: Marianne Deppman
(206) 553-7302

December 12, 2001


In order to give those interested in commenting on EPA’s proposed Basin Cleanup Plan more time to do so, EPA regional administrator John Iani has announced a 60 day extension to the public comment period on the Plan. The new deadline for comments will be Tuesday, February 26, 2002.

According to Iani, the extension is a natural response to requests from residents he heard during his recent visit to the Basin.

“We heard people would like more time, especially during the holiday season,” Iani said. “So we’re doing what we can to accommodate their request. We want to hear what people think and give them every opportunity to comment in a way that works with their busy schedules.”

The Proposed Plan describes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
preferred course of action for addressing certain on-going human health and environmental risks
posed by historical mining contamination in the Basin. The Plan includes proposed actions for
areas throughout the Basin – from Mullan, Idaho to Spokane, Washington. After reviewing and responding to comments on the Proposed Plan, EPA plans to issue its final decision in early 2002 in the Record of Decision.

Those wishing to comment on the proposed plan may do so by the new deadline of February 26. All comments must be in writing and addressed to:
Sheila Eckman, Coeur d’Alene Team Leader
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101

The proposed plan can also be found by visiting the Region 10 website at: