Portland Cement NPL Site

State TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As


Incident Type




Case Status



Salt Lake County


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:


*Restoration Funds Allocated:


*Restoration Funds Remaining:


* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

Case Description

The Portland Cement sites consist of five separate dumping incidents in four discreet geographical locations in Salt Lake County where a total of about 500,000 cubic yards of cement kiln dust from the Salt Lake City Portland Cement plant was dumped. In two of the locations the dumping was at the request of property owners who believed the material was suitable as construction fill; in the other two the dumping was on undeveloped land with the permission of property owners. Although natural resource injuries from these incidents were not assessed, the kiln dust wastes, containing heavy metals and high pH potentially impacted aquatic habitats and migratory birds in the Jordan River and within wetlands adjacent to the Great Salt Lake where the wastes were dumped on undeveloped lands. Two of the sites (Portland Cement Sites 2 and 3) which were located in an industrial area in Salt Lake City adjacent to a canal that drains to the Great Salt Lake, were placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) by EPA in 1986. In association with bankruptcy proceedings against the owner of the Salt Lake City Portland Cement manufacturing facility (Lonestar Industries) and transfers of the land to new ownership, a series of bankruptcy and prospective purchaser settlements were negotiated between the EPA, DOI, Lonestar Industries, the previous land owners and prospective new land owners between 1995-1999. DOI was awarded a total of approximately $250,000 through these settlements. Due to a lack of restoration options in the areas where the potential injuries, the DOI trustees (USFWS) evaluated several other options and elected to add the Portland Cement funds to the remaining Sharon Steel Restoration funds, to be applied to the completion of the Big Bend Habitat Restoration Project. The FWS and the DOI Restoration Support Unit have finalized the Sharon Steel Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment, and anticipate beginning to fund this project, which entails hydrologic and habitat restoration of the Jordan River on an 80-acre site in the Salt Lake Valley that will be used as an urban nature park and migratory bird and wildlife preserve (separated by a 1.1 mile length of restored river) in 2019.

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 FONSI Sharon Steel and Portland Cement Joint FONSI 03/15/2019


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Final Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment for Sharon Steel and Portland Cement Sites 03/15/2019

Map View

Case Contact

Utah Ecological Services Field Office

West Valley City, UT | (801) 975-3330 | http://www.fws.gov/utahfieldoffice/

If you have any problems, suggestions, or comments about our website please notify DOINRDAR@ios.doi.gov

Content Protected Copyright © 2020 NRDAR. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written consent of NRDAR is Strictly Prohibited.