Reward offered in Washington County dumping case

Published: Monday, March 7 2011 2:42 p.m. MST

ROCKVILLE, Washington County — The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the dumping of power transformer casings at Wire Mesa.

Wire Mesa is along the scenic byway between Washington County's Rockville and Apple Valley, where three large and one small power transformer casings were dumped in the summer of 2010 in remote BLM-managed lands.

The BLM said oil spilled from the casings contained extremely high concentrations of PCBs, or polychlorinated byiphenyls, a known cancer-causing agent. The manufacturing of PCBs was banned by the federal agency in 1979 and materials containing the toxin have to be disposed of properly.

Dan Barnes, an agent with the BLM, said dumping of pollutants is a problem on BLM land, particularly in Washington County with items such as old refrigerators and washers and dryers.

Clean up of contaminants caused by the dumping of the transforming casings will cost in excess of $50,000, a price tag Barnes said will be footed by taxpayers should no culprit be found.

Anyone with information on the casings should contact Barnes at 435-688-3332 or Agent Jude Densley with the EPA at 801-524-5174.

Amy Joi O'Donoghue

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