Agreement Reached on Developing Slag Site

Agreement Reached on Developing Slag Site

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MIDVALE, Utah (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency and the owner of an old Superfund site have reached an agreement on a retail and residential development at the Midvale site.

City administrator Lee King said a decree finalizing the agreement is expected to be filed in federal court next month.

A 30-day comment period would follow, and, "assuming we don't run into any other procedural snags," the former slag site soon will be ready for a new life, he said.

The Littleson Corp., which has owned the 300-acre site since 1964, plans to use it for a development of homes, retail stores and offices to be called Bingham Landing.

Previous owners of the site already settled with the EPA, leaving cleanup funds in special accounts.

Regional EPA officials tentatively approved the company's remediation and development plan last December, but national officials balked and demanded changes to the agreement in March.

Littleson responded with a counter offer and "there was a favorable response to that" from the EPA, King said.

Kevin Murray, the Salt Lake-based attorney for the Littleson Corp., declined to discuss details of the agreement until it is official.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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