Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

ELY COPPER MINE
VERSHIRE, VT

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The Ely Copper Mine Superfund site is located in rural Vershire, Vermont. It is an abandoned copper mine that includes an area of about 350 acres. From 1821 until 1920, copper mining operations generated piles of waste rock, smelter waste and tailings. Operators disposed of the materials on site. Mining operations stopped at the site in 1920, but activities to remove dump-ore occurred between 1949 and 1950. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2001. EPA finalized a cleanup plan for the site in 2011. The design for the cleanup is ongoing. Since 1950, activities at the site have included commercial timber management as well as hunting, snowmobile riding and horseback riding. The site also includes historic mining-related artifacts and provides habitat for several species of state and federal threatened and endangered bats.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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