Work to cleanup hazardous waste at a contaminated former mine in Brooksville will probably be expedited this summer time after an injection of $21 million from the bipartisan infrastructure funding bundle handed final fall.
The U.S. Environmental Safety Company introduced the extra funding on Tuesday and officers hope the flush of money will assist finish the decade-plus lengthy cleanup effort on the former Callahan Mining Company Superfund web site.
With out the additional funding, there seemingly would haven’t been sufficient cash to complete ongoing work on the Cape Rosier mine, which operated from the late 1800s till its closure in 1972, nor to start out the ultimate cleanup part.
“It’s a precedence for EPA to get this web site off the Superfund backlog listing,” stated David Money, the company’s New England regional administrator. “Cleansing up this web site is vital for the Brooksville neighborhood to develop alternate options for potential future makes use of on this space.”
The majority of the remaining work may very well be completed inside three or 4 years.
Superfund websites are extremely contaminated areas akin to mines, landfills and manufacturing amenities that the EPA is charged with cleansing. The Callahan mine has been awaiting funding to finish ongoing cleanup efforts since 2019.
Zinc-copper sulfide ore deposits have been found on the 120-acre web site in 1880. It now consists of a submerged 300-foot-deep open pit mine, a former mine operations space, a sequence of waste rock piles and a tailing impoundment.
Arsenic and lead contamination are discovered within the web site’s rock and soil; there are excessive concentrations of copper, lead and zinc within the sediment, and polychlorinated biphenyls, higher often called PCBs, have additionally been discovered within the space.
All of these may pose threats to the close by estuary and human well being.
The EPA is finalizing cleanup plans to get development work going as quickly as potential, in accordance with Money.