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Sites in Reuse in Vermont

Ely Copper Mine

The Ely Copper Mine site encompasses 1,800 acres in rural Vershire, Vermont. Approximately 275 to 350 acres of the site includes an abandoned copper mine. From 1821 until 1920, copper mining operations took place at the site. Operations generated piles of waste rock, smelter waste and tailings and disposed of the materials on site. Since 1920, no mining operations have taken place but activities to remove dump-ore took place between 1949 and 1950. Since 1950, activities at the site have included commercial timber management as well as hunting, snowmobile riding and horseback riding. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2001 and began cleanup activities at the site in 2011.
Updated 1/2013

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Pownal Tannery
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A woolen mill occupied the 28-acre Pownal Tannery Superfund site, located in the Village of North Pownal, Vermont, beginning in the later 1880s. In 1935, operations at the site changed and converted the mill into a hide tanning and finishing facility. Following the closure of the facility in 1988, EPA identified contamination at the site and conducted emergency cleanup activities. EPA completed these activities in 1993, began further site investigations in 1995 and added the site to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1999. Throughout the cleanup process, EPA worked with the Town of Pownal to coordinate the site’s reuse with cleanup activities. Funded by a 1999 Superfund Redevelopment pilot grant, the Town developed plans that included recreation areas as well as a new wastewater treatment plant that continues to operate at the site. The wastewater treatment plant, completed in 2006, occupies a portion of the former lagoon area on site. Additionally, the Town of Pownal reused old forest beams from the former tannery building on site to build a recycling center and town equipment shed. Today, the site also provides recreational opportunities for the local community including a small park, benches and a historic marker near the North Pownal Bridge.
Updated 1/2013

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Tansitor Electronics, Inc.
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The 44-acre Tansitor Electronics, Inc. site is located in Bennington, Vermont. Most of the site consists of forested wetlands; however, Vishay-Tansitor operates a manufacturing facility on a portion of the site. The manufacturing facility represents an area of grandfathered non-conforming land use under the local zoning regulations. Since 1956, various owners have manufactured electronic capacitors at the site. In 1981, Vishay-Tansitor notified EPA that operations between 1956 and 1979 had disposed of organic solvents and acids at the Site. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989. The selected remedy included a waiver of ground water standards for a 10-acre portion of the site, contingency actions triggered by ground water monitoring results and restrictions on ground water use. The potentially responsible party (PRP) for the site implemented the first contingency for additional monitoring after recording ground water use restrictions in 1999. EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1999 and the PRP continues to monitor site ground water under their consent decree. Vishay-Tansitor continues to operate a manufacturing facility on site.
Updated 1/2013

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