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Blue North Mill Site

The Blue North Mill Site is located on the Nez Perce Reservation in Kamiah, Idaho. The site was purchased by the Nez Perce Tribe in December 2017. A Phase I ESA was completed before purchase. Due to the complex history and possible contamination identified in the Phase I assessment, a Preliminary Phase II assessment is underway. In the Spring of 2019 drone surveys, asbestos surveys, and geophysical surveys have been conducted, in order to begin demolition and a Phase II ESA this summer.

A Phase II ESA will need to be completed before site clean-up and redevelopment can commence. The Groundwater Program is occasionally providing and helping to coordinate OSHA 40-hr HAZWOPER trainings to help develop a tribal workforce that will be able to work on this site once the environmental assessments have been completed.