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Reclamation work underway at old Deer Park Mine

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2012

An area near the Vermilion River by Oglesby has come to be known as the red ash and for an obvious reason; it’s the material leftover from the Deer Park Mine that closed decades ago.

The “red ash” area is undergoing some changes as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources plans to back fill a steep slope north of Lehigh Park and remove the old mine tressle.

Jim Gregg is with the Mine Lands Reclamation Division.  He says the red ash will be moved to even out the slope and covered with soil.

On the north side of the Vermilion, in Matthiessen Park, Gregg says four old mine openings will be blocked off will a rock-fill material.  He estimates one of the openings leads to a 32-foot drop.  They’ll also remove old mining foundations and structures.

The work is being done by Miller and Son Construction for $272,000.  It’s scheduled to be completed by September.

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