Welcome to the Historic Town of Clarkdale
A 2012 Centennial Town
"A Place That Makes Sense"
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 5:30pm
8:00am - 12:00pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
P.O. Box 308
39 North Ninth Street
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
(928) 639- 2400
Fax: (928) 639-2409
Historical Society & Museum
United Verde Soil Program
Corporation to Undertake Soil Remediation Program in Clarkdale Beginning in 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.