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Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 4418, Oregon Bonanza Mine   

This report shows data entered as of January 18, 2017 at 6:07:42 AM

This report contains site details, organized into the following sections: 1) Site Photos (appears only if the site has photos); 2) General Site Information; 3) Site Characteristics; 4) Substance Contamination Information; 5) Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions; and 6) Site Environmental Controls (i.e., institutional or engineering controls; appears only if DEQ has applied one or more such controls to the site).  A key to certain acronyms and terms used in the report appears at the bottom of the page.

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General Site Information

Site ID: 4418 Site Name: Oregon Bonanza Mine CERCLIS No:
Address: 38S/5W/S16  
  County: Josephine Region: Western
Other location information: (10-18-05;KLS/SAS) The former Oregon Bonanza Mine Site is located in the Lower Applegate Area Mining District at an elevation of approximately 2,100 to 2,300 feet above mean sea level. Approximately 1,300 feet of mine workings were located on the south side of the Powell Creek drainage just over 3 miles north of Williams in Section 16 of Township 38 South, Range 5 West in Josephine County (Figure 1 and 2). Eighty acres of land were patented and the tax lot is currently zoned forest commercial (FC).
Investigation Status: Suspect site requiring further investigation
Brownfield Site: No NPL Site: No Orphan Site: No Study Area: No
Property: Twnshp/Range/Sect: 38S , 5W , 16 Tax Lots: 001200
  Latitude: 42.2622 deg. Longitude: -123.2893 deg.  Site Size: Approx. 80 acres
Other Site Names:

Site Characteristics

General Site Description:
Site History: (10-18-05;KLS/SAS) The early history of the mine is unreported. In 1936, the property was purchased by R.C. Hanford and associates from Edward Layton. In 1939, the Powell Creek Mining Company took possession of the mine [Oregon Metal Mines Handbook, 1951]. From 1936 through 1940, the mine was operated continuously with roughly 1,300 feet of underground workings, including shafts. The equipment on site included a compressor, a drifter, a stoper, a hoist, a blower with air pipe, a gas engine, a ton mine car, 2 pumps, a compressor house and a shed. The historical reports did not mention the presence of a stamp mill; the ore was reportedly hand sorted and shipped to a mill at the nearby Humdinger Mine. By 1940, the mine buildings were in ruin and the adits were caved in [Gold and Silver in Oregon, 1968].
Contamination Information:
Manner and Time of Release:
Hazardous Substances/Waste Types:
Environmental/Health Threats:
Status of Investigative or Remedial Action: (10-18-05;KLS/SAS) Based on the available information for the former Oregon Bonanza Mine, DEQ finds that further action is necessary. DEQ recommends that an expanded preliminary assessment (XPA) be conducted. The XPA should include, but not necessarily be limited to, a site inspection and evaluation of:

the nature and extent of mining wastes including the types and concentrations of metals in the waste rock pile and the drainage pit; and
the potential future use of the property and potential risks to human health or the environment such as exposure to contaminated soil.

The XPA should include sampling of surface soil and mine wastes. Samples should be analyzed for metals including arsenic, lead, and iron as well as PCBs and petroleum products. Other analyses may also be warranted.

The priority for further action at the Site is considered low based on the Site Assessment Prioritization System (SAPS) score.
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Substance Contamination Information

Substance Media Contaminated Concentration Level Date Recorded
No information is available

Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions

Action Start Date Compl. Date Resp. Staff Lead Pgm
State Expanded Preliminary Assessment recommended (XPA)  (Primary Action) 10/18/2005 10/18/2005 Kristy Sewell SAS
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Key to Certain Acronyms and Terms in this Report:

  • CERCLIS No.: The U.S. EPA's Hazardous Waste Site identification number, shown only if EPA has been involved at the site.
  • Region: DEQ divides the state into three regions, Eastern, Northwest, and Western; the regional office shown is responsible for site investigation/cleanup.
  • NPL Site: Is this site on EPA's National Priority List (i.e., a federal Superfund site)? (Y/N).
  • Orphan Site: Has DEQ's Orphan Program been active at this site? (Y/N). The Orphan Program uses state funds to clean up high-priority sites where owners and operators responsible for the contamination are absent, or are unable or unwilling to use their own resources for cleanup.
  • Study Area: Is this site a Study Area? (Y/N). Study Areas are groupings of individual ECSI sites that may be contributing to a larger, area-wide problem. ECSI assigns unique Site ID numbers to both individual sites and to Study Areas.
  • Pathways: A description of human or environmental resources that site contamination could affect.
  • Lead Pgm: This column refers to the Cleanup Program affiliation of the DEQ employee responsible for the action shown. SAS or SAP = Site Assessment; VCS or VCP = Voluntary Cleanup; ICP = Independent Cleanup; SRS or SRP = Site Response (enforcement cleanup); ORP = Orphan Program.

You may be able to obtain more information about this site by contacting Kristy Sewell at the Western regional office or via email at If this does not work, you may contact Gil Wistar at (503) 229-5512, or via email at or contact the Western regional office.

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