Landfill near Great Salt Lake is underwater financially

11 May 2020 Published in News & Events

By Leia Larsen

A controversial but still-empty landfill on the tip of Great Salt Lake’s Promontory Peninsula appears to be drowning in financial trouble.

Last month, Box Elder County received notice that Promontory Point Resources had failed to make a March 25 payment on its $16.3 million bond. The Salt Lake Tribune has confirmed PPR missed its April payment as well. One of PPR’s contractors, Whitaker Construction, filed a $119,362 lien against the landfill earlier this year. The company is also months past due on $115,000 in payments to three other vendors.

Those events have thrown Promontory Point Resources into default on its bond, which the landfill operator secured with approval from the Box Elder County Commission.

“It’s up to Promontory to work out details with the bond holders,” said county Commissioner Jeff Scott. “These kinds of things happen, especially in the market we’re in with the coronavirus and things shutting down. I’m sure they’ll work it out.”

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  • Years ago the Great Salt Lake was a entertainment destination for the people of Salt Lake City. One of my ancestors had a vacation home near Black Rock, where he would take his family to escape the heat and cares of the city. That was a long time ago and a lot has changed since then. For many reasons the lake is not as popular as it once was. But it has been a source of peace, contemplation, and inspiration to me. I reflect on photos I have seen of the grand days of Saltair and the love of floating in the lake. I have done this myself on numerous occasions. I love the sensation of effortlessly floating. And we can escape the cares of the world.

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