Superfund Site: BREWER GOLD MINE
JEFFERSON, SC

Superfund Site Profile

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SITE BACKGROUND

The Brewer Gold Mine is located on the western border of Chesterfield County, one mile west of Jefferson, South Carolina. The mine operated intermittently from 1828 to 1995. From 1987 to 1995, the Brewer Gold Company mined over 12 million tons of ore and waste rock from several open pits. When the company abandoned the site in 1999, EPA took over site water treatment operations to contain acid rock drainage that could harm Little Fork Creek and the Lynches River. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2005. By conducting cleanup activities, treating wastewater and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA and SCDHEC continue to protect people and the environment. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site.