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Holden environmental cleanup official

In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service and other agencies signed a Record of Decision for cleanup of the former Holden Mine site on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington. It's also the site of Holden Village, a Lutheran ministry in the Cascade Mountains.

The document outlines remedies for cleaning up environmental contaminates at the inactive mine.

The first phase of the cleanup is expected to begin in 2013 and should take two years, followed by five years of monitoring before phase two of remedy construction begins. The village won't close during the first phase, but will do its own projects and have "even more volunteer and staff opportunities," said Charles Carpenter, a director. He said the village is also looking at holding offsite programs during those two years.

During phase one, the village will house and feed 200-plus round-the-clock construction workers.

In summer 2015, Holden expects to resume full programming with several construction workers on site (65 or so) finishing up the project.


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