- Historic image of the Midvale Smelters. (credit U.S. EPA)
- Midvale Slag site prior to development. (credit U.S. EPA)
- Residential development in Bingham Junction. (credit U.S. EPA)
- Bingham Junction Train Station. (credit Midvale City)
Bingham Junction Mixed-Use Development |
Midvale City, UT
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Major Reclamation Issues
Midvale Slag operated as a lead and copper ore smelting facility from 1871 to 1958. Smelter waste materials from the site operations left extensive heavy metal contamination in the soil and groundwater on the 446-acre site.
In 2000, the Bingham Junction Master Plan laid out a strategy for redeveloping the Midvale Slag site into a mixed-use commercial, residential, and recreational area. The EPA sought to coordinate site cleanup with development plans to ensure successful reuse. At a cost of about $16 million, cleanup included off-site disposal of highly contaminated smelter waste, onsite containment of contaminated soils, monitoring of groundwater and surface water, and riverbank stabilization.
Bingham Junction currently contains residential dwellings, retail and office space, a Riverwalk Park, and a light rail station. Midvale City expects development to continue to occur in Bingham Junction and when complete the area will house up to 2,500 residential units, over 1 million square feet of office space, and hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail space.