ORE KNOB MINE
ASHE COUNTY, NC
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Announcements and Key Topics
EPA will host a public meeting to discuss the waterline and next steps on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., at the Peak Creek Community Center located at 7062 NC Hwy 88 East in Laurel Springs, North Carolina.
EPA NPL field teams have conducted a field assessment of this Site and determined that no related storm impacts or releases have occurred as a result of Hurricane Florence.
Public Participation Opportunities
EPA conducts a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices, public meetings and interviews on clean-up activities and other updates.
Site News Archive
EPA held public meetings in April and November 2010, August 2011, March 2012, April 2014 and March 2015 to address public concerns regarding groundwater contamination and update the community regarding site activities.
EPA held a public meeting in Laurel Springs, N.C. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 to provide an update on the proposed waterline extension from the Town of Jefferson’s municipal water supply to properties impacted by the Ore Knob Mine Site. Property owners in the zone of concern received information regarding the proposed waterline extension which outlined EPA’s responsibilities, which are to install the main water lines and to connect the properties of those who agreed to be connected. The information also outlined property owners’ individual responsibilities should they decide to be connected as well as responsibilities for individuals who opted not to be connected. The purpose of the August 10, 2017 meeting was to respond to inquiries from the community and to address concerns from the Town of Jefferson presented in correspondence to EPA in May.