CLARKDALE — Hundreds of property owners in Clarkdale have signed up to have their land cleaned up in the United Verde Soil Program, but first Yavapai County has to approve a plan to permanently store the soil at a location 800 feet from the Verde River near the Lower TAPCO river access parking area.
So far, 354 residential and commercial properties have signed up to have their soiled cleaned up in the United Verde Soil Program in Clarkdale, as of July 31,, according a GHD Service Inc. report submitted on behalf of Freeport Minerals Corp. to the Town of Clarkdale. Three property owners have declined the soil clean-up.
But the voluntary program can’t start until Yavapai County approves a location to put the contaminated soil.
Freeport has a conditional use application pending with Yavapai County to take the contaminated soil to the Sycamore Canyon Road basically across from the Lower TAPCO RAP (river access point), according to Gayle Mabery, Clarkdale town manager.
“That is the only site I believe they have an application in on,” she said. Originally, they were looking at a site in Tavasci Marsh, but Mabery said it was her understanding they did not proceed with an application with that site. Other sites in Clarkdale were also looked at, but not pursued, she added.
“There are 1,139 available eligible properties within the current study area and 646 properties have been sampled or inspected,” according to an email from Erick E. Kinneberg, director of external communications for Freeport-McMoRan.
They have expanded the study area boundary once and it’s possible they will expand it again, according to Mabery. The original…
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