Posted: Aug 16, 2013 9:20 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
The former city landfill, a source of soil contamination in the Bridger Creek Subdivision, is a cause of concern for new residents who are waiting for an official statement from the city's meeting with the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality).
City officials continue to look for the source of toxic chemicals discovered in homes in the Bridger Creek Subdivision. The investigation, however, may require more time.
"This is not work that is at the direction of the Department of Environmental Quality. This is based on our desire to be proactive and understand and mitigate the effects, if any, from the landfill," Chris Kukulski, Bozeman City Manager, said.
Homeowners are now seeing the first results from the soil tests. While tests for volatile organic compounds (or VOC's), turned up positive for all 23 homes, they are not life threatening.
"None of the test results are coming back at this point to describe an acute health hazard immediately," Kukulski said.
Scientists will now test the soil beneath the home to see if VOC's are present and if they match with those found in the homes so far.
They will look at winter conditions before developing systems to mitigate the situation.
"We are assuming we are the source but the science needs to confirm that," Kukulski said.
"What test results tell us is - we need to continue to analyze and assess the situation - and that's where we are and we'll be there for a few months to come," he said.
A public meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 27th, at the Holiday Inn to discuss the test results and future plans.