Cleveland Mill NPL Site

State TrusteeState of New Mexico
Federal TrusteeU.S. Department of Agriculture

Also Known As


Incident Type



New Mexico

Case Status



Little Walnut Creek


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species

Case Description

The Cleveland Mill Site is located in southwestern New Mexico, approximately 5.5 miles north of Silver City, at the headwaters of a small tributary of Little Walnut Creek. The Site includes about 14 acres in and along the stream bed of a small tributary to Little Walnut Creek. Contamination of the Site with hazardous substances, including mine spoils located in a small drainage next to the Cleveland Mine portal, and tailings sediment located within the stream bed of Little Walnut Creek and its tributaries. Additionally, localized ground water-contamination had been identified at the base of the tailings piles. Hazardous substances released from the Site and found in soils as well as in shallow ground water include, but are not necessarily limited to: arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, and zinc. The State of New Mexico and Department of the Interior - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are trustees for natural resources injured by releases at the site.
 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 05/12/1995


 Restoration Plan Restoration Plan 06/29/1996


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 01/19/1995

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Case Trustees

Federal TrusteeU.S. Department of Agriculture
State TrusteeState of New Mexico

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