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Empire Mine State Park supporters to gather signatures

Empire Mine State Historic Park supporters plan to collect signatures in support of keeping the former Grass Valley gold mine a state park.

Recently, a California State Senate subcommittee voted to consider selling the state park, due to an annual $5 million expenditure by the Department of Parks and Recreation to operate the park. A substantial portion of that cost is due to remediation efforts to eliminate toxic run-off from the mining operation last conducted more than 50 years ago.

Virginia Brunini, a board member of the Empire Mine Park Association, will be collecting signatures for a petition to keep Empire Mine as a state park. She plans to collect signatures from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in front of SPD Market in Grass Valley. She said the effort to collect signatures for the petition will continue until April 28.