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Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation

Washington, DC: (Jul-09-07) The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation, the second largest copper producer in the United States, alleging that it contaminated groundwater from past mining operations related to the Bingham Canyon Mine located southwest of Salt Lake City. Kennecott operates the mammoth open pit in the Oquirrh Mountains nearly 30 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. The Kennecott South Zone Site encompasses the historic Bingham Canyon mining district, surrounding areas, and areas impacted by releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances from mining operations in the area.

In a settlement reached, Kennecott agreed to undertake comprehensive clean up at the site, which is expected to cost $15 million and take over four decades to complete. Under the terms of the settlement, Kennecott will also pay over $5 million for costs associated with prior investigations and other actions by EPA at the site and surrounding areas. [PR NEWSWIRE: COPPER CONTAMINATION]

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Published on Jul-12-07


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