The Buena Vista mercury mine and nearby Klau mine were  the source of more than 70 percent of the mercury found in Las Tablas Creek, according to a Cal Poly study reported in May 8, 1993. The EPA did work in 2000 to limit runoff after it deemed the owner's efforts unsatisfactory.
The Buena Vista mercury mine and nearby Klau mine were the source of more than 70 percent of the mercury found in Las Tablas Creek, according to a Cal Poly study reported in May 8, 1993. The EPA did work in 2000 to limit runoff after it deemed the owner's efforts unsatisfactory. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com
The Buena Vista mercury mine and nearby Klau mine were the source of more than 70 percent of the mercury found in Las Tablas Creek, according to a Cal Poly study reported in May 8, 1993. The EPA did work in 2000 to limit runoff after it deemed the owner's efforts unsatisfactory. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Abandoned mine near Paso produced a fortune in mercury. Now, it's a superfund site

April 13, 2018 04:09 PM

About Photos From the Vault

David Middlecamp

@davidmiddlecamp

Photographer David Middlecamp has been delving into The Tribune's archives to share historical photos and articles about the Central Coast with readers since 2007. Reach him at dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com .