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Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act

Bountiful/Woods Cross 5th South PCE Plume/ Operable Unit 2

Cities of Bountiful and Woods Cross, Utah

Site Description
The approximately 400-acre Bountiful/Woods Cross 5th South PCE Plume site is located in southern Davis County, UT, approximately 10 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Primary land uses at this site include residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural.  Secondary land uses include an interstate highway, railroad tracks, a shopping mall and a petroleum refinery.  To clean up the site, EPA has divided it into two cleanup projects or operable units (OU) known as the Hatchco Property (OU 1), where the primary contaminant is trichloroethylene, and the Bountiful Family Cleaners (OU2), where the primary contaminant is tetrachloroethene.   Recovery Act funding at this site will support activities at OU 2, an area which includes one municipal well and several private residential wells.  

Cleanup Activities to Date
EPA listed the site on the National Priorities List  in 2001.  In 2007, EPA issued the cleanup plan to address OU 2 (the Bountiful Family Cleaners portion of the site).  In 2008, EPA conducted a pilot study to determine the appropriate boundaries for a hydraulic containment cleanup approach to address the site’s contaminated ground water

Recovery Act Project Activity
EPA will use the $5 million in Recovery Act funds to instal additional ground water extraction wells, monitoring wells, and constructing a water treatment system.

FY2011 highlights include:

  • EPA completed construction of a groundwater extraction and treatment system that will treat 33,000 gallons per day at the Bountiful/Woods Cross Site. The system is designed to treat contaminated groundwater emanating from a dry cleaning facility. Construction of the groundwater treatment system began in July 2010 and construction was completed in February 2011. Water treatment began continuous operations on February 11, 2011. As of September 30, 2011, the system has treated approximately 23,311,000 gallons of contaminated groundwater. The treated water is placed into beneficial use in a wetlands mitigation project.
  • The Recovery Act provided the resources for the long-term protection of human health and the environment by building a facility to clean up a contaminated aquifer that supplies 33 residential water wells used for domestic purposes.

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