An article in the January-March Westside Pioneer used the term “cyanide-laced tailings” in describing what the Gold Hill Mesa ownership group has cleaned up on its residential/ commercial development over the years.
However, Bob Willard, co-owner and lead developer, points out that the term may leave an erroneous impression. Although a cyanide solution was used as part of the processing when the location was a gold mill during the first half of the 20th century, “these chemicals were contained in tanks,” according to the
Gold Hill Mesa website. “Further, cyanide degrades rapidly (e.g., in a matter of hours) with exposure to air. As such, cyanide hasn’t been at Gold Hill Mesa since the time the mill closed over 60 years ago.”
Westside Pioneer article