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Eureka Mills

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Site Description

The Eureka Mills Superfund Site is located in Eureka, UT, Juab County (population 800). The Eureka Valley was known as the Main Tintic District and was heavily mined from the 1880's to the 1950's. Several large mine waste rock piles are located on the south side of town, very near residences and businesses. Mine waste was distributed throughout the town of Eureka during mining activity and subsequent urban construction. Environmental sampling conducted at the site showed the presence of high levels of lead and arsenic in the soil. Sampling performed in the later half of 2000 confirmed that the metals are present in the mine waste piles, in residential and non-residential soils, and within the interiors of some residences and commercial properties.

Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date

  • In 2000 and 2001, the Utah Department of Health and the Central Utah Public Health Department performed blood lead testing and conducted surveys on children who live in Eureka. Based on the alarming blood lead data, an EPA Removal Action was taken to clean up 71 residential yards with extremely high levels of lead in the soil in 2001.
  • In September 2002, EPA and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) selected a cleanup strategy for the site.
  • In May 2003, EPA, the UDEQ, and their contractors completed the site cleanup plan. The cleanup plan calls for the removal of contaminated soil from residential yards, replacing it with clean soil, and replanting the yards with new plants and shrubs. The plan also calls for the areas of mine waste to be stabilized and covered with a clean material and rock to prevent direct human contact as well as erosion by wind and water.
  • During 2004, EPA completed the re-contouring and capping of the Gemini and Bullion Beck waste piles, and residential remediation work is now underway. A Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) completed the construction of two key sedimentation ponds as well as the capping of the May Day, Godiva, and Chief #2 waste piles.
  • EPA keeps the community informed by writing and publishing fact sheets, holding monthly briefings for the City Council, and having informal discussions with residents during the construction season.
  • EPA continues to monitor the site to ensure there is no immediate threat to human health or the environment pending the start of long-term cleanup work. Building ordinances, a health education program, and blood lead testing will be implemented to protect Eureka residents from the lead contamination.

Current Funding Status

  • To date, EPA has received approximately $13.8 million dollars for work at the site. This includes $5 million received in fiscal year 2004.

For more information on the projects at this site, please read the Eureka Mills Fact Sheet on the Region 8 Superfund Web site.

Key Accomplishments

  • Since July 2001, EPA has cleaned over 71 residential yards with extremely high levels of lead in the soil.
  • In May 2003, EPA, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ), and their contractors completed the site's cleanup plan. The plan also calls for re-grading and capping mine waste piles.
  • Building ordinances, a health education program, and blood lead testing will be implemented to protect Eureka residents from the lead contamination.
  • During 2004, EPA completed the re-contouring and capping of the Gemini and Bullion Beck waste piles, and residential remediation work is now underway. A Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) completed the construction of two key sedimentation ponds as well as the capping of the May Day, Godiva, and Chief #2 waste piles.
  • To date, EPA has received approximately $13.8 million dollars for work at the site. This includes $5 million received in fiscal year 2004.

 

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