Toxic Waste Cleanups Finally Complete

Toxic Waste Cleanups Finally Complete

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A toxic waste cleanup project is finally complete.

Over the past 12 years, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality has been cleaning up the former Portland Cements sites in Salt Lake and Davis counties. Now the project is finished.

Overall, cleaning the sites -- later purchased by Lone Star Industries -- cost 32 (M)million dollars.

The latest cleanup was done at two 15-acres sites near the Great Salt Lake and near the Jordan River. That work cost three-point-three (M)million dollars.

State officials say, at the sites, workers removed 40-thousand tons of cement kiln dust and bricks containing several toxic substances, including, arsenic, lead and chromium.

D-E-Q officials say this ties up the loose ends of contamination left behind in the Salt Lake Valley from Portland Cement and Lone Star Industries.


Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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