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EPA to start cleanup at Utah County site

Published September 23, 2013 6:39 pm

Superfund • Agency will remove thousands of toxic drums from Parish Chemical site.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will begin removing hazardous materials this week from the now-closed Parish Chemical Co. site in Vineyard.

"EPA's Superfund removal action will bring closure to a long history of environmental concerns at the Parish Chemical facility," said David Romero, EPA's on-scene coordinator, noting the work should be completed by next summer.

The facility at 145 N. Geneva Road operated as an organic chemical research, development and production site between 1978 and 2012. It includes a two-story building with offices, laboratories, drum storage sites and surface impoundment areas.

Cleanup will include the disposal or recycling of several thousand containers. The EPA previously conducted a cleanup at the Utah County facility after a fire in 1992 and another mishap in 2008.

A settlement in March between EPA and a court-appointed receiver for Parish Chemical included a $100,000 penalty. It also prohibited the company from manufacturing chemicals or generating hazardous wastes at the site.

The property is currently held in trust.

Lee Davidson