The federal government has agreed to spend $22.7 million to cart away the contaminated dirt in the yards and gardens of neighborhoods around the Sharon Steel tailings site.
While Mayor Everett Dahl said he hasn't seen details of the plan for cleaning up the Superfund site, he is concerned that the title of the property will remain in the hands of Sharon Steel."I was going to query the judge to see if there may be some way without us assuming future liabilities to have the title transferred to Midvale City after the remediation has taken place so that down the stream we would have some controls," Dahl said Monday morning.
"We've still got to provide for Jordan River Boulevard and the wetlands we have to take care of. I'm sure there will be some institutional controls placed on the city. I feel it would give us more freedom of action if perhaps we had title."
The plan - announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Utah Department of Health at a joint press conference Monday morning - calls for excavating lead- and arsenic-contaminated dirt in residential neighborhoods and transporting it to the Sharon Steel site, on 260 acres located west of 7720 S. Holden Street.
Clean soil will be trucked in to replace the contaminated dirt. Cleanup plans for the contaminated dirt at the mill site will be announced later.
Some 510 buildings on 119 acres will be included in the cleanup, which will affect 380 residences, 35 apartment complexes and 95 commercial buildings.
In a record bankruptcy settlement with the EPA, Sharon Steel agreed last month to pay either $22 million in cash or $82 million in mixed cash and bankruptcy claims for its share of the cleanup costs.
More recently, former site owner UV Industries Inc. Liquidating Trust agreed to pay between $11 million and $18 million toward the cost of cleaning up the site. The cleanup is expected to take between three and five years.