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EPA to start cleanup at Utah County site

Superfund » Agency will remove thousands of toxic drums from Parish Chemical site.

By Lee Davidson

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Sep 23 2013 03:51 pm • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:35 pm

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.

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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.




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