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Superfund Site Report: MURRAY SMELTER
 
 
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  • Site Description
    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...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    ANTIMONY X X 
    ANTIMONY COMPOUNDS X X 
    ARSENIC X X 
    BARIUM X X 
    CADMIUMXX X 
    COPPER X X 
    COPPER COMPOUNDS X X 
    IRON X   
    LEAD X X 
    MANGANESE   X 
    MANGANESE COMPOUNDS   X 
    MERCURY X X 
    SELENIUM   XX
    THALLIUM X X 
    THALLIUM COMPOUNDS X X 
    VANADIUM    X
    VANADIUM COMPOUNDS    X
    ZINC X X 
    ZINC COMPOUNDS X 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 MURRAY SMELTER:

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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: MURRAY SMELTER
    EPA ID: UTD980951420
    Address: 5300 S MAIN ST
    MURRAY, UT 84107
    Other Names: MURRAY SMELTER
    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: 17

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the MURRAY SMELTER Superfund site.
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