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EPA to host Public Meeting Regarding the Henry’s Knob Former Mine Site

Release Date: 10/16/2014
Contact Information: James Pinkney, (404) 562-9183 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main) pinkney.james@epa.gov

Release date: October 16, 2014

ATLANTA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bethany Elementary School located in Clover, SC to provide an update on the installation of wellhead treatment systems and the cleanup work that is tentatively scheduled for the 2015 construction season.

EPA and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SDHEC) representatives will be available to discuss the on-going and future activities at the Site.

WHO: EPA

WHAT: Public Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WHERE: Bethany Elementary School

          337 Maynard Grayson Road
          Clover, SC 29710

The 185-acre Henry’s Knob Site is located at the corner of Henry Knob Road and State Highway 55 in Clover Township, York County, South Carolina. The Site was deeded to York County in 1974 and was used as a park for several years. York County sold the property in 1982, and the Site has been privately owned since that time.

The Henry’s Knob Site was an open pit kyanite mine that operated from 1947 to 1970. Kyanite is primarily used in producing refractory, ceramic and porcelain materials that withstand high temperatures. Mining activities included crushing/grinding rock and then recovering kyanite from the crushed ore. Waste rock and tailings that remained from these processes contained elevated levels of metals, including manganese and cobalt. These elements are common in groundwater throughout this area of the Carolinas, but acid generation from mining ore rich in sulfur (pyrite) likely contributed to higher levels due to increased leaching of metals into groundwater

For more information contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Kerisa Coleman (404) 562-8831 or (877) 718-3752 or by email to Coleman.Kerisa@epa.gov, or EPA Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller (404) 562-8827 or by email to Zeller.Craig@epa.gov.

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