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EPA LAUNCHES TOXIC CLEANUP AT PETROCHEM SITE

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The Environmental Protection Agency has launched an emergency removal of toxic material at one site in Salt Lake City, and a another cleanup is expected to start this month.

The emergency surface removal, plus an inspection of potential contamination of soil, water and air, will take place at the Petrochem site, 1628 N. Chicago. The action takes place after extensive negotiations with more than 50 companies, 32 of which signed an agreement consenting to the removal.Potentially responsible parties that did not sign the agreement were issued orders to help pay for the removal.

"The removal action includes taking additional steps to stop the release or threat of release of the hazardous materials at the site," said Pete Stevenson of the EPA. "Liquids and sludges contained in above-ground tanks and drums, and the containers, will be removed."

The other site is Wasatch Plaza, 2225 S. 500 East, where a pesticide company once operated. Cleanup there will start this month, and is expected to take about two weeks to complete, with pesticides and spilled chemicals removed.