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.