Federal money lined up for mine cleanup

VERSHIRE—After decades of study and funding uncertainty, the long-awaited cleanup of the Ely Mine appears to be closer .
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that $1 billion in funding from the first distribution of the infrastructure bill signed into law by President Biden in November will be used to clear the backlog of 49 previously unfunded Superfund sites across the country, including the former copper mine in Vershire. The other Superfund site in Vermont is in Williston.