G-I Holding Bankruptcy

State TrusteeState of Vermont
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Incident also involves NY, PA, NJ


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Case Description

From 1936 to 1975, G-I's predecessors mined and milled asbestos at the VAG Site by mechanically separating asbestos fibers that are embedded in ore-bearing rock. A significant portion of the Site acreage is contaminated by asbestos-containing waste material and mill tailings containing nickel and chromium that accumulated during G-I's predecessors' operation and under their direction. The Service and the State of Vermont (Trustees) received $850,000 as part of a bankruptcy settlement to compensate the public for injuries to natural resources associated with the VAG Site. Stream and wetland habitats (along with the fish and wildlife that rely upon them) were injured due to the run-off of large quantities of asbestos-laden mine tailings from the VAG Site. The VAG Site is located in both Eden and Lowell, VT and natural resource injuries occurred in both communities. The Trustees preferred alternative was to partner with the towns of Lowell and Eden to replace aging, undersized culverts (in order to improve fish passage, flood resilience, sediment transport, and water quality) and to address road erosion (to improve water quality). In Eden, funds were targeted for the replacement of Knowles Flat Road Double Culvert, Knowles Flat Road Single Culvert, and the possible replacement of Square Road Culvert. Any remaining funds will be split between implementation of the Lake Eden Best Management Plan and road erosion control projects in the Town of Eden. In Lowell funds were targeted for replacement of Irish Hill Road Upper Culvert and the Kempton Hill Road Erosion Control project, as well as to support the design and implementation of a second culvert on Irish Hill Road.

Asbestos Tailings Pile , Credit: USFWS

Tailings Piles, Credit: USGS

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 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 05/19/2015


 Restoration Plan Vermont Asbestos Group Final Restoration Plan 06/01/2019


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 09/24/2009

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New England Ecological Services Field Office

Concord, NH | (603) 223-2541 | http://www.fws.gov/newengland/

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