Federal Money to Help Clean Up Callahan Mine Site in Maine | Maine News


BROOKSVILLE, Maine (AP) – A contaminated mine is Brooksville is in line to receive federal funding to help with the cleanup.

The former Callahan Mining Corporation site is one of 49 Superfund sites across the country whose cleanup will be funded with $ 1 billion from the infrastructure bill signed in November, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The mine operated from the late 1800s until 1972. Arsenic and lead are found in the soil and rock at the site; copper, lead and zinc are found in high concentrations in sediments; and polychlorinated biphenyls, better known as PCBs, have also been found.

Site clean-up has been underway since 2010 and the most recent work started in 2018.

EPA officials hope this infrastructure bill funding will pay for the ongoing cleanup phase as well as the start of work to tackle sediment contamination at the site.

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But it’s not yet clear how much money will be set aside for the project, said Bryan Olson, director of the EPA’s New England Superfund and Emergency Management division.

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