ALL NEWS

Mayor Mendenhall, emergency management officials warn of possible mercury found at Fairmont Park pond

Sep 8, 2021, 11:34 PM
Salt Lake City officials announced Saturday that testing done so far hasn't found any evidence of m...
Salt Lake City officials announced Saturday that testing done so far hasn't found any evidence of mercury contamination Photo near the pond is courtesy of KSL 5.

Salt Lake Mayor Erin Mendenhall is warning residents who live near Fairmont Park that it is possible that mercury has been found in the park’s pond.  In a press conference Wednesday night at Forest Dale Golf Course, Mayor Mendenhall says the park will remain open and the risk for exposure is small, but she asks that people stay away from the park.

Salt Lake Emergency Management sent out a notice Wednesday, advising residents to avoid the park for now until further notice.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and until further notice, we ask everyone, including children and pets, avoid Fairmont Park and the park’s pond for public safety purposes. Testing of the pond’s water today found mercury inside the pond,” according to the notice.

Mayor Mendenhall says it is unknown right now the exact level of threat to the public, but she does not believe it is a high level threat.

“I want to reassure our community that at this point we have no reason to believe there is a risk to public health associated with these findings,” said Mendenhall Wednesday night at a press conference.

Health officials say the water from the pond is not used for irrigation nor is anyone’s drinking water affected.

Mayor Mendenhall expects a visit Thursday from officials from a regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency to assess any health risks and to get to the bottom of what might have happened. 

The pond at the park was closed late Wednesday night.

 

 

 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

A brush fire started in Saratoga Springs last night. Photo Credit: Saratoga Springs Fire Department...
Devin Oldroyd

Fire officials say aerial firework caused brush fire in Saratoga Springs

An aerial firework caused a brush fire in Saratoga Springs Sunday night.
21 hours ago
Police in Highland Park, Illinois, respond to a shooting at a Fourth of July event....
Eric Levenson, Adrienne Broaddus, Shawn Nottingham and Brynn Gingras, CNN. Mark Jackson

Police have arrested a ‘person of interest’ after a mass shooting at July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois

Robert E. Crimo III, a person of interest in a mass shooting at a parade that left six dead and sent more than two dozen people to hospitals, has been taken into custody near Lake Forest, Illinois, authorities said during a brief news conference. Authorities said Crimo was spotted by a North Chicago officer who […]
21 hours ago
FILE - Fireworks explode over Baltimore's Inner Harbor during the Ports America Chesapeake 4th of J...
BOBBY CAINA CALVAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

A turbulent US this July 4, but many see cause to celebrate

July 4 has arrived as many citizens struggle to find a reason to celebrate. Yet many also see cause for celebration, including President Joe Biden.
21 hours ago
The Deuel Creek Fire began late Sunday night in Centerville. Photo credit: John Wilson....
Devin Oldroyd

Deuel Creek Fire starts in Centerville overnight, evacuation order lifted

The Deuel Creek Fire began late Sunday night in Centerville.
21 hours ago
Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening. Photo Credit: Tooele City's Faceboo...
Devin Oldroyd

Tooele City releases fireworks restrictions map

Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening.
2 days ago
A Navy soldier stands guard as authorities wait for the arrival of people who were evacuated from t...
Associated Press

Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens

Tropical Storm Colin formed along the coast on Saturday. Conditions are expected to improve by Monday's Fourth of July celebrations.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Mayor Mendenhall, emergency management officials warn of possible mercury found at Fairmont Park pond