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Accord reached at mining-era site

City Hall and a developer have reached an agreement with state environmental regulators to clean up a mining-era site off King Road, the local government says.

According to a release from City Hall, the Alice Lode Mining Claim stretches over 10.17 acres, mostly owned by a firm called King Development Group. Park City owns about 1.5 acres of the land. King Road is located at the southern end of Old Town.

The city says that a silver-mining operation was situated on the site from 1920 until 1935 and a study launched in 2003 found it was contaminated by heavy metals resembling those found where mine tailings are left.

"It is Park City Municipal Corporation and King Road Development Group (‘s) intent to remediate the Alice Load impacts to protect human health and the environment," in a manner supported by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, a state agency that has some oversight of such matters, the release says.

According to the city, the department approved a plan for the cleanup, which City Hall says is scheduled to start in 2007.

Through much of its history, the silver-mining industry dominated Park City. Silver prices faltered, though, toward the middle of the 20th century and tourism soon replaced mining as Park City’s key industry.

But the silver-mining industry left some of the land and the waterways in the city contaminated by various metals. City Hall and federal and state environmental regulators for years have been trying to clean up the silver-mining legacy.

The local government says that the Alice Lode work is part of the overall strategy to cleanse East Canyon Creek of contaminants.

The cleanup plan for the Alice Lode is available for public inspection at the Planning Department at City Hall. The phone number for the department is 615-5061.


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