- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MIDVALE, Utah (AP) - A Midvale site once full of contaminants after being home to several smelters until it closed in 1958 has been taken off the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list.

Midvale city officials celebrated the milestone Monday during a news conference where they highlighted the cleanup. The site, known as Bingham Junction, now has homes, businesses and office space nearby a commuter rail line.

The site was put on the Superfund list in 1991. The designation is for abandoned hazardous waste sites that need to be cleaned up. Officials said then it could take as long as 80 years to clean up the area. Studies showed the groundwater and soil were contaminated with heavy metals.

Shaun McGrath of the EPA called the Midvale site a great example of how to clean up a Superfund site.

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