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Tucson Field Office
Release Date: 06/07/13
Contacts: Dan Moore, 520-258-7234,    
  Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403,    

Acid Spill Results in Temporary Road Closure near Superior

Tucson, Ariz. Illegal dumping of sulfuric acid on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands near the Battle Axe Road trailhead parking area near the junction of Battle Axe Road and State Route 177 has created a public health hazard requiring remediation. On June 7, 2013, BLM Tucson Field Manager Brian Bellew signed a temporary Closure Order to restrict public access on June 14 during the site cleanup. The road will reopen the following day.

An environmental emergency response contactor will be at the site on that date. “The company will excavate, containerize, remove, and dispose of sulfuric acid contaminated soils at a licensed landfill,” said BLM geologist Dan Moore, who serves as the HazMat coordinator for the office. Underlying soils will be treated with an acid neutralizer. Moore added that, “Due to the nature of the contaminant and the remediation activities planned, the potential for the release of sulfuric acid vapors and contaminated dust creates a risk to persons in the immediate vicinity during the remediation operation.”

Thus, under the authority of 43 CFR § 8364.1, the public lands in Township 3 South Range 13 East Section 8 SW¼ SE¼ and Section 17 NW¼ NE¼, Gila and Salt River Meridian, Pinal County, Arizona, will be temporarily closed. This closure includes Battle Axe Road from the State Route 177 turn off west to the Battle Axe Road trailhead parking area. The area is closed to all public entry on June 14, 2013, reopening to public entry on June 15, 2013. 

Those persons authorized to carry out the remediation activities described above, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are exempt from this order while in the performance of their duties.

Questions concerning this closure may be directed to BLM Tucson Field Office geologist Daniel Moore at 520-258-7234.

The BLM asks the public to report resources crimes on public lands in Arizona by calling 1-800-637-9152. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 06-07-2013