The closure is to protect the public from accidental exposure to acidic liquid waste—hydrogen chloride—from the magnesium production facility. Recent sampling of liquid on BLM-managed lands found pH 1 waste water—equivalent to battery acid—flowing onto public lands. The first phase of remediation includes constructing a fence line around this small parcel to keep recreating public, livestock, and wildlife from direct contact with the hazardous waste on public land. Subsequent phase requires the company to address the cause of release, how they plan to control access to the spill area and a contingency plan applicable for any future release.
“This closure and fence line is crucial to protect the public from coming into direct contact with the highly-acidic liquid and affected soils surrounding the spill area,” said Salt Lake Field Office Manager, Rebecca Hotze.
Signs placed every 150 feet along the fence will notify the public about the safety issue. The area west and north of the fence line remains open to motorized vehicles.
A map of the closed area can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/nepa/enbb.html
For additional information contact: Lisa Reid at (435)743-3128. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.