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Cleanup and restoration of campgrounds near Marysvale, Utah underway

EPA effort with Town of Marysvale and Crown Mines to remove soil contamination and restore vegetation at the Bully Boy Camping Area and the Fireman’s Park Campground

Contact Information: 
Katherine Jenkins (jenkins.katherine@epa.gov)

(Denver, Colo.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in cooperation with the Town of Marysvale, Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ), and Crown Mines LLC, expects to complete the removal of contaminated soil and installation of protective caps at two campgrounds located near Marysvale, Utah this week as part of a cleanup effort that began the week of May 16, 2016. The two campgrounds, Bully Boy Camping Area and Fireman’s Park Campground, are located in Bullion Canyon, a former mining area that was the location of several historic mills.

“The leadership of Mayor Fautin and Crown Mines has been critical to getting this work done,” said Martin McComb, EPA on-scene coordinator.  “This effort is a great example of local interests working together to protect public health and the environment.”

Previous sampling conducted by EPA and UDEQ identified elevated levels of lead at the Bully Boy Camping Area, a property owned by Crown Mines, LLC, and of lead and mercury in part of the Fireman’s Park Campground, a property owned by the Town of Marysvale. Crown Mines and the Town of Marysvale agreed to coordinate with EPA and perform the necessary cleanup work at the Bullion Canyon site through an agreement entered into under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. 

Crown Mines, LLC and the Town of Marysvale are working to restore the impacted areas at the Fireman’s Park Campground, and establish proper drainage and erosion control features, including revegetation, at both properties. Restoration activities should be completed by September 2016 and the impacted section of Fireman’s Park Campground is expected to reopen for use in the spring of 2017.  The section of Fireman’s Park that was not impacted by the remediation effort remains open to the public.