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

Release Date: 08/08/2011
Contact Information: James Pinkney, 404-562-9183, pinkney.james@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – August 8, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting regarding the Ore Knob Mine Site in Ore Knob, NC. on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Peak Creek Community Building on 7062 NC Highway 88 E in Laurel Springs, NC.

EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) and the North Carolina Department of Health (NCDPH) will provide information about the assessment, cleanup and status of activities at the site.

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 at the Peak Creek Community Center, 7062 NC Highway 88 E, Laurel Springs NC, from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2011. EPA, NCDENR and NCDPH will be available to answer media questions concerning the assessment and ongoing cleanup at the site.