ORE KNOB MINE
Ashe County, NC
Superfund Site Profile
The Ore Knob Mine site is located in Jefferson, North Carolina. It includes areas affected by copper mining operations from the 1850s to 1962. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2009 because of contaminated surface water, groundwater, sediment and soil. EPA and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site. This cleanup will protect people and the environment from contamination.
It was found in 2010 that many residences surrounding the site had tap water contaminated with high concentrations of metals and acid ...
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