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EPA Adds Waste Oil Refinery Site in Bountiful, UT to NPL

Release Date: 5/11/2000
Contact Information:
EPA 800-227-8917 x6757,

Release Date: 5/11/2000
Contact Information:
EPA 800-227-8917 x6537,

Release Date: 5/11/2000
Contact Information:
UDEQ 801-536-4170

      Denver -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today added the Intermountain Waste Oil Refinery site in Bountiful, Utah, to EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund Sites. This announcement follows a 60-day period during which citizens were given the opportunity to comment on the proposed listing.
The NPL is a published list of U.S. hazardous waste sites that are eligible for long-term cleanup under the Superfund program. Listing makes the site eligible to receive federal funds for cleanup while EPA seeks to recover costs from those responsible for the contamination. Listing also allows EPA to use Superfund money for cleanup when there are no responsible parties who can pay for the work.

The Intermountain Waste Oil Refinery is on about two acres at 955 South 500 West in Bountiful. The site operated from 1957 until closing in 1993. The company processed waste oil from facilities in Utah and several surrounding states. Waste oil was treated onsite and then mostly sent to area cement plants for use as fuel in cement kilns as well as at coal mines to reduce dust. The waste sludge material from the process was sent to local landfills.

Oil and refinery wastes are visible on the site. Contaminants such as volatile organic compounds have been observed on the site and in the groundwater underlying the site. Regional municipal drinking water wells are within a four mile radius of the site and could become contaminated with these compounds.

Listing the site provides immediate funding for cleanup work and also guarantees the public an opportunity to participate in cleanup decisions.

Information that EPA used for the October 22, 1999 proposed listing, and responses to public comment will be available at:

Davis County Library, South Branch
725 South Main
Bountiful, Utah 84010
Tel: (801) 295-8732


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999 18th St. Suite 500
Denver, CO 80207
Toll free (800) 227-8917 ext. 6473