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Superfund Site Report: PIKE HILL COPPER MINE
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Remedial Assessment Not Begun

    The Pike Hill Copper Mine (PHCM) is an abandoned copper mine located off of Pike Hill Road in the Town of Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. PHCM is located approximately 1.5 radial miles northeast of the Village of West Corinth, includes a northern and southern mine, and the total mine property encompasses approximately 216 acres. PHCM is located on Pike Hill, a large hill in a rural and forested area along the eastern flank of the Green Mountains. Mine elevations range from approximately 1,640 feet above mean sea level (MSL), at the southern mine, to approximately 1,965 feet above MSL, at the summit of Pike Hill (near the northern mine). Copper was discovered on Pike Hill sometime prior to 1847. Initial attempts to mine the ore at Pike Hill occurred in 1847. The northern and southern mines have historically been referred to as the Union Copper Mine, and the Corinth (and later the Eureka) Copper Mine, respectively. The two mines, eventually designated as the Pike Hill Mines, operated on an intermittent basis from 1847 until 1919 when mining operations at the PHCM property ceased. Between 1863 and 1918, approximately 9,085,298 pounds of copper were mined at PHCM. There are approximately 20,000 tons of mill and mine dumps (tailings), averaging 1.6 percent copper, scattered over the surface of the two mines.  More...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

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    Air Soil Other
    ALUMINUM COMPOUNDS    X
    ANTIMONY    X
    ARSENIC (ORGANIC OR INORGANIC COMPOUNDS)    X
    BARIUM COMPOUNDS    X
    BERYLLIUM COMPOUNDS    X
    CADMIUM    X
    CHROMIUM X   
    COBALT COMPOUNDS    X
    COPPER COMPOUNDS    X
    CYANAMIDE    X
    IRON    X
    LEAD    X
    MAGNESIUM    X
    MANGANESE COMPOUNDS    X
    MERCURY X   
    NICKEL COMPOUNDS    X
    SELENIUM    X
    SILVER COMPOUNDS    X
    VANADIUM COMPOUNDS    X
    ZINC    X
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for PIKE HILL COPPER MINE:

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: PIKE HILL COPPER MINE
    EPA ID: VTD988366720
    Address: PIKE HILL ROAD
    CORINTH, VT 05039
    Site Ownership: Unknown
    Category of Site: Mines/Tailings
    Date of Proposed Listing on the NPL: March 08, 2004
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: Unknown
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