- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The state is conducting a study of a proposed site for a new prison near the Great Salt Lake to determine whether there’s anything toxic in the dust from the dry lakebed that could potentially pose a hazard to inmates.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1soKjFh ) that University of Utah Professor Kevin Perry plans to begin the study in June. He will test the dust to see if it contains toxic levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, selenium and mercury.

State officials are also trying to determine salt’s impact on power lines and how to manage mosquitoes and other insects in the area.

The study is expected to take four months to a year to complete.

The state is still considering several locations for its planned 4,000-bed prison complex.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com


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