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EPA designates 300-acre area as superfund cleanup site

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Posted at 4:23 PM, May 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-22 18:23:00-04

SALT LAKE CITY – An area of downtown Salt Lake City has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of superfund sites. Once listed, the federal government can apply funds to clean up the area.

The area is a 300-acre plot near 700 South and 1600 East. The EPA says a carcinogen known as PCE has contaminated groundwater there, reaching levels 64 times the acceptable limit.

They don’t believe PCE is in the drinking water, but left unchecked, they think it could threaten the supply.

The public has 60 days to comment.