Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway
Murray Smelter is an abandoned LEAD smelting facility locate d in Murray City, Salt Lake County, Utah. The site is located ne ar State Street, north of 5300 South Street. Several smaller sme lters were present in the vicinity prior to the construction of M urray Smelter in 1902 by the American Smelting and Refining Co. ( ASARCO). Approximately 80,000 tons of waste slag containing heavy met als have been left onsite following the close of operations in 19 49. The overall extent of surface soil contamination is not curr ently known. Evaluation of the site considers only the slag pile s and areas of soil contamination in two nearby mobile home court s. Slag material has been documented in soil in nearly all direc tions from the site. The slag has been used for railroad ballast , road base, parking lot gravel, and fill, in several areas surro unding the property. Contaminants emitting from smoke stacks and blowing contaminated dust is also a concern. Slag has also been found near Little Cottonwood Creek, which runs along the north of the site. Segments of the creek are used for fishing downstrea m of the site. Soil in two residential areas, the Doc and Del and Grandview mobile home parks, has been found to contain elevated concentrat ions of metals. More...