Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
EPA, with assistance from the USDA Forest Service, is planning a field trip to the Nacimiento Copper Mine. The mine is an abandoned open pit copper mine that was also the site for in-situ leaching operations that contaminated the underlying groundwater. Nacimiento is a pump and treat operation using a semi passive rock substrate bioreactor located in the Santa Fe National Forest near Cuba, New Mexico. The tour will include the bioreactor, pit lake and extraction well fields.
Registration for the field trip is free, but pre-registration is required. Capacity for the field trip is limited so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you tried to register for the field trip but were placed on the wait list, you will be notified if a space should become available for you.
Motor coach transportation will be provided from the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel to the Nacimiento Mine. The ride will take approximately 90 minutes each way. The tour of the mine site will be 90 minutes. No special safety gear is required. The ground can be muddy so field boots are suggested. Once at the site, the total walking distance is about a mile over mostly level ground at an elevation of 7,500 feet. The motor coach tour will pass through beautiful southwestern scenery and you are welcome to bring cameras.
If you register for the field trip, please note that the motor coach will return to the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel at approximately 5:00 p.m. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel and lodging arrangements.
Field Trip Schedule
12:30 to 2:00 PM Trip to Nacimiento Copper Mine via motor coach
2:00 to 3:30 PM Tour of bioreactor and well fields at Nacimiento Copper Mine
Tour led by Tim Tsukamoto, Ph.D., TKT Consulting, LLC
3:30 to 5:00 PM Return to Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel via motor coach