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Potential Pennies: 1939

Potential Pennies: 1939

September 1939. "Copper mining and sulfuric acid plant at Copperhill, Tennessee." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
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Predictably, this area suffered environmental damage as a result of these mining and industrial activities. The dtory seems to have a happy ending, though.

"For years, up until the 1980s, the production of copper and acid denuded the area of any greenery, although the area has now been greatly reforested, due to a multimillion-dollar effort by the successor companies to the original copper company. The copper and acid plants have been permanently closed and most of the plant infrastructure already removed and sold overseas. Much of the scrap metals from the site have been removed and sold to China. Glenn Springs Holdings has cleaned and purified all the surrounding creeks and waterways, and water quality is now back to near pristine condition according to published EPA and Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation studies."

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copperhill

 
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