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Contaminated Utah smelter site targeted for EPA cleanup

Release Date: 4/30/2003
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      Denver -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today added the Davenport and Flagstaff

      Smelters Site near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake County, Utah, to the

      Superfund National Priorities List.
The NPL is a published list of hazardous waste sites eligible for extensive, long-term cleanup under the Superfund program. Inclusion on the NPL makes a site eligible to receive federal funds for cleanup.

EPA proposed the Davenport and Flagstaff Smelters Site for the NPL in December 2000. Wastes from the two smelters contaminated soil in the area with lead and arsenic. The site includes several residential properties, a condominium complex and a number of undeveloped lots.

Because exposure to high levels of lead and arsenic may be particularly risky for children, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and EPA will remove contaminated soils from the yards of homes in the area, dispose of the material at an appropriate off-site location, spread clean soil on the yards and replace landscaping. The non-residential area will be investigated separately.

Information the EPA used to list the site on the NPL and responses to public comments received on the proposal are available at:

Sandy Branch Library
10100 S. Petunia Way
Sandy, UT 84092-4380
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Fri.-Sat.,10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Superfund Branch Records
168 N. 1950 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
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U. S. EPA Records Center
999 18th St., 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80202-2466