East Side Plume Clean Up  –  Resource Page (last updated 3.12.14)

East Side Plume Clean Up – Resource Page (last updated 3.12.14)

Environmental Protection Agency :



Department of Veteran’s Affair’s:

web site under development

Jill Atwood, Chief Communications Officer

D. Lynne Welsh Remedial Manager/CERCLA RPM

Department of Veteran’s Affairs VA Salt Lake City Health Care System 500 Foothill Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84148

Contact: 801-584-1252, or jill.atwood@va.gov

The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System has hired a Project Manager to oversee the plume cleanup.  Her name is Lynne Welsh and she has extensive environmental cleanup expertise.   Her background spans over 2 decades and includes: fifteen years leading superfund cleanup sites and several more years leading a water quality improvement task force for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

VA has hired First Environment and CH2M Hill along with Avalon Business Engineering Services to handle the remedial investigation and subsequent cleanup.  We are currently reviewing all of the data from the past several years, assessing tasks and establishing timelines

Over the next few months, Lynne and her team will determine where more ground water and vapor sampling needs to happen, and when that time comes, we hope to be as non-intrusive as possible.  Your cooperation is so important in order for this operation to be successful.


Utah Department of Environmental Quality:



Salt Lake City Corporation


Jesse A. Stewart –Water Quality and Treatment Administrator Department of Public Utilities 1530 South West Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84115 office – 801-483-6864 (experience in CERCLA projects VOC contaminated ground/surface water/soil)

Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City Council representing District 5 erin.mendenhall@slcgov.com 801.535.7786

Professional background: Erin is an air quality advocate and works as executive director for Breathe Utah, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the air we breathe through education, collaboration, and policy change.  Erin brings Air Aware to local schools, teaching air quality through science, math, health, art and social studies mediums.  In 2012 Erin worked to help pass state legislation that allowed the Utah Drivers Education Curriculum to be amended to include air quality and ‘smart’ driving instruction to reduce pollution, then worked with Utah State Office of Education to build the curriculum resources.  These resources became available statewide in August 2013.  Erin is a graduate from the University of Utah and has a background in quality assurance, auditing and non profit leadership and management. In November of 2013 Erin was elected to serve on the Salt Lake City Council, representing District 5.

Records are available (hard copy) at the following locations:

Salt Lake City Library, main branch
210 E. 400 South, level 3
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

U.S. EPA, Region 8
Superfund Records Center
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

PCE Plume Community Interview Questions by the VA


How long have you lived in the area?

What do you know about the PCE Plume?

When did you first become aware of the site?

Do you have any health/environmental concerns regarding the plume?

Do you have any questions or concerns regarding the remedial investigation and feasibility study and the sampling and investigations that will start soon?

Have you every utilized or do you plan to utilize the PCE Plume information repository that’s been established at the main Salt Lake City Library?

What is the best way to get information to you and in your opinion, to the community?  For instance, Salt Lake Tribune, local radio stations, direct mailing, and/or PSA’s?

Are you interested in receiving specific information on a regular basis about the cleanup developments at the stie?   If so, would your preference be to receive information through the mail or email?

Are you familiar with EPA’s website?  If EPA were to establish a Facebook page or Twitter page to provide updates in regards to the Standard Mine, would you find this way of communicating more useful than the EPA website?

Now that you’re aware of the PCE Plume, are there other people, civic or public groups that we should contact for an interview?

Is there anything else you would like to add or do you have any questions?


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