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Salt Lake County Council postpones Rose Canyon sale

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HERRIMAN - The sale of 832 acres in Rose Canyon to Kennecott Utah Copper is on hold while the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office and the mining company continue discussions regarding concerns raised by Herriman area residents.

Should the parties reach agreement on the issues, which include air and water monitoring as well as the disposal of waste rock, the council could conceivably approve the sale before the end of the year, said Salt Lake County Council Chairman Joe Hatch on Tuesday.

The county purchased the land three years ago to preserve it as open space. Kennecott later agreed to buy the land from the county for $5,345,000 — about a million dollars more than the county paid for it. The county plans to use proceeds of the sale to buy land for the Jordan River Parkway.

Kennecott Utah Copper holds subsurface mineral rights to the Rose Canyon property under the federal 1872 Mining Act. It trumps state and local laws.

Marjorie Cortez