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Salt Lake Field Office
Release Date: 05/09/14
Contacts: Lisa Reid , 435-743-3128  

BLM to Close Public Land in Tooele County Due to Hazardous Waste

Salt Lake CityThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office is closing a small area of less than 20 acres of public land near the US Magnesium Rowley Plant in Tooele County, Utah, on the western shoreline of the Great Salt Lake.

The closure is to protect the public from accidental exposure to acidic liquid waste—hydrogen chloride—from the magnesium production facility.  Recent sampling of liquid on BLM-managed lands found pH 1 waste water—equivalent to battery acid—flowing onto public lands.  The first phase of remediation includes constructing a fence line around this small parcel to keep recreating public, livestock, and wildlife from direct contact with the hazardous waste on public land.   Subsequent phase requires the company to address the cause of release, how they plan to control access to the spill area and a contingency plan applicable for any future release.

“This closure and fence line is crucial to protect the public from coming into direct contact with the highly-acidic liquid and affected soils surrounding the spill area,” said Salt Lake Field Office Manager, Rebecca Hotze. 

Signs placed every 150 feet along the fence will notify the public about the safety issue. The area west and north of the fence line remains open to motorized vehicles. 

A map of the closed area can be found at, by searching for the project name "Hazardous Waste Emergency Closure."

For additional information contact:  Lisa Reid at (435)743-3128.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Salt Lake Field Office   2370 S. Decker Blvd.      West Valley City, UT 84119  

Last updated: 05-10-2014