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Sites Management Section

About Tank PullThe Sites Management Section (SMS) provides state oversight for the investigation and cleanup of properties where a release of a hazardous material has contaminated the environment including soils, groundwater, surface water and indoor air. The primary authority for this oversight can be found in 10 V.S.A. Section 6615. A list of properties being managed under this program is maintained by SMS and can be found in both online database form(WM-ID) and by geographic location, (GIS Site). The online database includes, for most sites, electronic copies of important site information, including the initial site investigation report. The SMS has developed Guidance Documents to assist site owners and consultants on understanding and proceeding through the site management process.

Petroleum Cleanup Fund

The SMS also manages the Petroleum Cleanup Fund and utilizes funding from the state Environmental Contingency Fund. Annual reports of these funds are provided as well important announcements, bidding opportunities and a procedures document for obtaining reimbursement through the Petroleum Cleanup Fund.

The SMS also manages a state Brownfields program (Redevelopment of Contaminated Properties) and provides support to the federal EPA Brownfields program. Additionally the SMS participates with EPA on the management of sites listed on the national priorities list (Superfund).

SpotlightElizabeth Mine (After)Elizabeth Mine (before)

Over the last ten years, The EPA Superfund program, in cooperation with the Sites Management Section, have been involved in investigation and response actions at the Elizabeth Mine in Strafford and Thetford Vermont. Acid mine drainage from the Elizabeth Mine has impaired downstream waters. The response actions to mitigate acid mine drainage have primarily focus on the three major mine features: the two tailing piles (TP-1 and TP-2) and an approximately 12-acre waste rock pile known as TP-3. These two pictures shows the before and after the response action for the 12-acre waste rock pile. Approximately 250,000 cubic yards of waste rock were removed and placed on top of the other tailing piles before a cover system was placed over them.

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Waste Management & Prevention Division

1 National LIfe Drive - Davis 1

Montpelier, VT  05620-3704


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