Superfund Site: ELY COPPER MINE

Superfund Site Profile

The Record of Decision for OU 2 and OU 3 was signed on June 29, 2016


The Ely Copper Mine Superfund Site is an abandoned copper mine located in Vershire, Orange County, Vermont and encompasses approximately 350 acres where historic mining activities took place, including about 30 acres of waste material containing an estimated 172,000 tons of waste rock, tailings, ore roast beds, slag heaps, and smelter wastes.  The Site also includes over 3,000 linear feet of Underground Mine Workings along with the associated shafts and adits.  No buildings remain at the Site.  Remnant foundations, pads, and stone walls, including a 1,400 foot long smoke flue, demark the location of former Site structures including a former flotation mill and the smelter plant.  The Site has been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by EPA in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).