Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:51 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
MISSOULA - The Clark Fork Coalition believes a "Superfund" cleanup is the best option for the old Smurfit Stone mill site, and hopes to build support for the federal listing.
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the middle of a public comment period on the proposal to list the former mill site on the National Priorities List, commonly called the "Superfund."
EPA says the 3200 acre site is "contaminated with dioxins, furans, arsenic and manganese" from the years of mill operations, with much of the contaminants settling in the ponds that adjoin the Clark Fork River.
The Clark Fork Coalition have been pressing for the full cleanup and Thursday they'll be sponsoring a brown bag lunch to explain their position further. The group maintains the "Superfund" listing is the best way to tap more money to pay for the cleanup, with the bill falling on Smurfit Stone and the other past property owners.
Current owner M2Green has hoped to have EPA exclude the main mill site from the "Superfund" designation so it can proceed with plans to market the property as the Frenchtown Technology and Industrial Center.
The Coalition's briefing takes place Thursday from 12-to-1 p.m. at the group's offices at 140 South 4th Street West.