The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, today announced it will hold a public availability session on Jan. 28 to meet with community members regarding any health concerns that might be related to the Elizabeth Mine Site in Strafford,
The public availability session
will afford community members the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives
from ATSDR and the Environmental Protection Agency. The session will be held
Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Barrett Hall, Vt. Route
132, South Strafford.
Beginning in 1793, the mine was
used for iron ore and iron sulfate operations, and in 1830 copper mining began
at the site. Most of the underground copper mining occurred from 1942 until
1958 when the mine closed. The 1,400-acre site was added to the National Priorities
List in June 2001 and contains open pit mines, extensive underground workings
(mine shafts and adits), three tailing piles, and several buildings.
For more information, community
members can contact Environmental Health Scientist Lovyst Luker or Community
Involvement Specialist Dawn O'Connor, toll free, at 1-888-422-8737. Regional
Representative Gary Perlman also may be contacted at 617-918-1492. Callers
should refer to the Elizabeth Mine Site in Strafford, Vt.