Coeur d'Alene, ID
In the remote wilderness of Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene National Forest, sits an abandoned historic mine formerly used to extract minerals such as quartz, pyrite, sphalerite and cerussite. Recent studies by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) found significant levels of soil contamination from past mining operations, requiring remediation due to its location in the Tributary Creek drainage basin.
Conti safely completed the environmental remediation of the 20-acre Jack Waite Mine site in full compliance with Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 regulatory requirements, procuring required permits and facility certifications prior to groundbreaking. The site consisted of several abandoned mine adits, a shaft, four tailings impoundments and scattered areas of discarded material and debris. The team excavated, tested and removed hazardous waste including arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc.
Because of the remote location, efficient logistics were deployed, such as naming conventions and traffic protocols for construction roads and two-way radio communication for employees. Work was performed in challenging site conditions, on mountainsides with limited large truck access and working from camps on site, to meet an aggressive schedule and avoid snow seasons.
Conti was recognized for its outstanding performance by the Coeur d’Alene Trust, which manages parallel and similar work, USACE Seattle, with the Commander's Coin for Excellence, and Engineering News-Record’s Best Project, Award of Merit.
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