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Uranium Tailings Once Found at Proposed Salt Lake Homeless Shelter

February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017

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NOTE: This facility is not currently covered under EEOICPA as a U.S. Department of Energy site. If you worked at the Sugar House homeless shelter, please call Cold War Patriots at 888-903-8989. We will keep you updated on any new information about this worksite.

Opponents of a proposed Sugar House homeless shelter now have the option to go nuclear.

Salt Lake City has learned during the due diligence period for a $7 million land purchase that the site was once home to radioactive tailings from a long-shuttered uranium mill.

Documents indicate that the property near 653 E. Simpson Ave. was part of a nationwide federal cleanup ordered by Congress in the late 1970s, but landowner records don’t reveal the precise location of the tailings or the steps taken to remove them.

The city has requested additional records from the Department of Energy and will conduct at least two rounds of environmental review, said Mike Reberg, director of Salt Lake City’s Department of Community and Neighborhoods.

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