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EPA holds public meeting on former copper mine cleanup

June 17, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019 file photo, a warning sign is posted outside the Elizabeth Mine in Strafford, Vt. For decades the mine polluted local waterways. A multi-year, multi-million-dollar cleanup of the site is nearing completion. The Environmental Protection Agency is holding an online public meeting Thursday June 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019 file photo, a warning sign is posted outside the Elizabeth Mine in Strafford, Vt. For decades the mine polluted local waterways. A multi-year, multi-million-dollar cleanup of the site is nearing completion. The Environmental Protection Agency is holding an online public meeting Thursday June 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is holding an online public meeting Thursday about the cleanup of a former copper mine in Strafford.

The $90 million cleanup of the Elizabeth Mine Superfund site started in 2001. Two years ago officials started what they hoped would be the last phase, the Valley News reported.

Contaminated water had been leaching from waste rock and tailings into streams since the 150-year-old copper mine closed in 1958, the newspaper reported.

Copper concentrations in the surface water of the Copperas Brook have dropped by more than 90% because of the cleanup, according to the EPA. Efforts now include inspecting the cover system for the tailings impoundment and monitoring surface and ground water.

Thursday’s meeting starts a 6 p.m. More information can be found at www.epa.gov/superfund/elizmine.