DWQ Says Red Butte Creek is Clean; Public Comment Opens

(KCPW News)  Thanks to a ruptured Chevron oil pipeline, more than 33,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Creek in June 2010.  The spill not only killed wildlife, including waterfowl, fish, and the invertebrates they eat, but also caused park closures and many residents along the creek to become ill.  Now more than two years later and with a comment period on the spill’s closure document set to open, the Utah Division of Water Quality says the creek is clean.  Environmentalists disagree. KCPW’s Eric Ray has more on the story:

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The 30-day comment period will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 10.  An Open House will also be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Pingree School Gymnasium, 780 South Guardsman Way.  Representatives from DWQ, Salt Lake City, Department of Health and Salt Lake Valley Health Department will be in attendance at the meeting.

Written comments on the draft decision document and related compliance order can be emailed to Chris Bittner at cbittner@utah.gov before 5 p.m. Dec. 10.  For more information on the proposed Draft Decision Document and the proposed compliance order, and all other related documents, can be found at: http://www.deq.utah.gov/locations/redbutte/index.htm.

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