Coal processing site to become park

A PROJECT to turn a patch of ground in Carbon City, Utah, that was once home to a coal processing plant into a 30-acre city park is almost complete.

Noel Dyson

The project is courtesy of a partnership between the federal government, two state agencies and the city of Wellington.

The Knight-Ideal load-out facility on the southeast side of Wellington was abandoned in the 1950s.

The site had been used as a dumping ground for demolition debris and was littered with a large amount of coal refuse.

More than $1.1 million is going into the project.

“About 10 per cent of the coal refuse onsite is of sufficient quality to be recovered for its energy value,” Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining’s abandoned mine reclamation program project manager Chris Roher said.

“It will be excavated, segregated and hauled to a processing facility, while the rest will be excavated and buried onsite in engineered landfill disposal cells.”

Kent Bethers Construction of Heber City won the contract for the project.

“We’re excited to lay the foundation for a city park that can be enjoyed by the residents of Wellington,” Roher said.

“Thanks to the cooperative effort among several parties, this weedy mess will be returned to a beneficial use.”

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