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P.O. Box 308

39 North Ninth Street

Clarkdale, AZ 86324

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(928) 639- 2400

Fax:  (928) 639-2409

TTY: 1-800-367-8939

 

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 United Verde Soil Program

 

Freeport Minerals Corporation to Undertake Soil Remediation Program in Clarkdale Beginning in 2015

Freeport Minerals Corporation (Freeport) has submitted an application with the Arizona Department of Environmental

Quality’s (ADEQ) Voluntary Remediation Program to address the potential that historical smelter operations in Clarkdale

may have contributed to elevated metals concentrations in soil on properties near the former smelter operations. The

project in Clarkdale is called the United Verde Soil Program.

The United Verde Copper Company (United Verde) operated a copper smelter northwest of Clarkdale, Arizona from

1915 to 1932. The smelter was reopened in 1935 when Phelps Dodge Corporation purchased United Verde and continued

to operate until 1953, when smelter operations ceased on a permanent basis. Freeport Minerals Corporation (FMC) is

the successor to Phelps Dodge Corporation. Because the copper smelter operated in an era before emissions control

equipment was commonly used, historical air emissions from the smelter may have deposited metal-bearing particles

on nearby soil. The metals that will be evaluated in this program are associated with the United Verde/Jerome ore

body and include arsenic, copper and lead.

Under the United Verde Soil Program, owners of eligible properties within an initial study area will be contacted by

Freeport representatives and have the opportunity to have soil on their properties sampled and tested for elevated

concentrations of lead, arsenic and copper. Common property types that are eligible for this program include developed

residential, non-residential (e.g., commercial) and public (e.g., schools, parks) properties. If concentrations of one or

more of the metals exceed soil target cleanup levels, Freeport will remove and replace the impacted soil and restore

the landscaping to similar condition. All of this work will be conducted at no cost to the property owner and all participation

is strictly voluntary.

The Town of Clarkdale has established this webpage in order to provide the public with updated information on the

United Verde Soil Program. The page includes links to various information, including documents that Freeport has

submitted to ADEQ relating to the program, upcoming meetings, Press Releases, a Map of the Initial Study area, etc.

This website will be updated frequently with new information, so check back often for updates.
 

For more information, contact:

Town of Clarkdale
Town Manager Gayle Mabery
(928) 639-2400

Freeport Minerals Corporation
Alicia Voss, Project Manager
(602) 366-8049

Clarkdale Office:  (928) 649-3614

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Voluntary Remediation Program
John Patriki, Project Manager
(602) 771-4397

NEW UPDATES:

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS DUE

-November 15, 2016-

Public Comments from the Public on Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP)

due November 15, 2016

 

Public Notice

 

Remedial Action Work Plan

 

Town of Clarkdale Comments

 

National Park Service Comments

 


 

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