Groveton May Take Lowell Mine’s Asbestos

GROVETON — A proposal that has been in the works for several years is now coming to light – an asbestos processing plant in Groveton, which the developer said has the natural gas pipeline to make it work.

The plan – still preliminary, far from any approval, and facing challenges – stems from the federally mandated cleanup of the now-inactive 1,540-acre Eden-Lowell asbestos mine at Belvidere Mountain in Vermont that, until the health dangers of asbestos became widely known, had been run by the Vermont Asbestos Group before it was shut down more than 20 years ago.

The plan calls for the transportation, during the course of several decades, of some 30 million tons of asbestos mine tailings and waste rock contaminated with asbestos from the Vermont mine to a processing plant, which would convert it into chemicals to be used in manufacturing. If the proposal moves forward in Groveton, the plant would be located in an area on the former Wausau Paper mill now owned by Bob Chapman, of Gorham.

According to an Aug. 17 story in the the Morrisville-based News and Citizen, 15 to 17 truckloads of asbestos waste from the Vermont mine would be delivered to the Groveton plant daily from May through November. About 75,000 cubic yards of the total 25 to 50 million cubic yards of asbestos waste would be transported to Groveton annually for the “energy intensive” conversion that would process it into hydroxide and magnesium oxide.

To read more about the story from the Caledonian Record visit: Asbestos Mine

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