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Superfund Site Report: KENNECOTT (SOUTH ZONE)
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    The Kennecott (South Zone) site area is located in Salt Lake County, Utah. The Salt Lake City suburban area is located to the east and northeast of the site. While the pit and other ore ex traction activities occur on the east slope of the Oquirrh Mounta ins, other sources extend to the east for at least six miles into the Salt Lake Valley. The site area covers approximately 37 squ are miles. Mining in the area began in the 1860s, with COPPER being the primary metal produced. Various mining companies have operated in the district over the years, including ARCO Inc. (formerly Ana conda Co.) and Kennecott COPPER Corp. Since around 1900, Kenneco tt has operated a wide variety of mineral processing and producti on facilities onsite. Kennecott sent much of the mineral process ing waste and COPPER ore from these operations north to the Kenne cott (North Zone). Tailings waste produced in the South Zone is shipped to the North Zone by slurry and rail. The South Zone includes wastes associated with extracting and concentrating COPPER ore. The main sources identified at the S outh Zone are the open pit, Bingham Creek Channel, State Motorcyc le Park, Lark Tailings, Butterfield Mine/St.  More...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    ARSENICX  X 
    CADMIUMX    
    CHROMIUMX    
    COPPERX    
    COPPER COMPOUNDSX    
    LEAD   X 
    MERCURY    X
    NICKELX    
    NICKEL COMPOUNDSX    
    SELENIUMX    
    SILVERX    
    SODIUM    X
    THALLIUM    X
    THALLIUM COMPOUNDS    X
    ZINC    X
    ZINC COMPOUNDS    X


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
     
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for KENNECOTT (SOUTH ZONE):

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: KENNECOTT (SOUTH ZONE)
    EPA ID: UTD000826404
    Address: BINGHAM CANYON MINE
    COPPERTON, UT 84006
    Other Names: BINGHAM RESERVOIR
      KENNECOTT MIN CO UTAH COPPER DIVISION
      LARGE BINGHAM RESERVOIR
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Mines/Tailings
    Date of Proposed Listing on the NPL: January 18, 1994
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the KENNECOTT (SOUTH ZONE) Superfund site.
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