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Empire Mine State Park supporters to gather signatures

The Union staff

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.

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