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EPA to Hold Public Meeting Regarding Ore Knob Mine Site, Ore Knob, NC

Release Date: 10/28/2010
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – October 28, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, November 4, 2010 regarding the Ore Knob Mine site in Ore Knob, NC. EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the North Carolina Department of Health will provide information about the assessment, cleanup and upcoming activities at the site. The public meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Peak Creek Community Bldg., 7062 NC Highway 88 E, Laurel Springs, NC.

The Ore Knob Mine site is a former mining site that contains areas affected by mining. There are three principal areas (1950s Mine and Mill Area, the 19th Century Operations Area and a Main Tailings Impoundment) that were directly affected by mining along with other areas, primarily downstream. Hazardous substances are present downstream and in the mining areas.

Community members interested in obtaining additional information are encouraged to contact Sherryl A. Carbonaro, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at (678) 575-7355.

For more information about the site, please visit http://www.epaosc.org/oreknob.

ATTENTION: A media availability session will be held prior to the public meeting on Thursday, November 4, 2010, to allow officials to answer questions from the media. The media session is scheduled from 5:30 until 6:00 p.m. at the Peak Creek Community Center, 7062 NC Highway 88 E, Laurel Springs NC. EPA, NCDENR and NCDPH will be available to answer media questions concerning the assessment and ongoing cleanup at the site. This arrangement will allow for the public to use the entire public meeting to get information and have their questions answered.