Midvale superfund site cleared, now deemed safe

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MIDVALE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – An area of our state, once known for being toxic has been successfully cleaned up.

The Midvale slag site was once home to a former ore processing and smelting facility.

It shutdown in the 1950s and decades later the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency listed it on their ‘National Priorities List.’
The area referred to as a superfund site had a lot of potential human health threats including lead and arsenic in the groundwater and soil.

Since 1991, the EPA has worked with local agencies and Monday a thriving redevelopment known as Bingham Junction stands where Midvale slag once was.
“The way that this site has been redeveloped, reused, re-purposed for all these businesses that are coming here… The developments is really a national model,” said Shaun McGrath, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA.

Getting removed from the EPA’s National Priorities List is quite the process.

It shows the clean-up plans have been full completed and the area is now safe.

Because of that Monday afternoon, Midvale’s Mayor was presented and Environmental Achievement Award for Excellence in Site Reuse.

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