February 7, 2008
Upper Clark Fork River
The consent decree that details a $187 million Superfund cleanup for the upper Clark Fork River basin was released today by the US Dept. of Justice and the EPA. The long-awaited agreement — coming nearly four years after the Clark Fork River Record of Decision — resolves three major claims between the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), and the state and federal government. The agreement dedicates nearly $104 million for the cleanup of the Clark Fork River and designates the state of Montana as the project lead.
The consent decree includes restoration plans for the Clark Fork River, Anaconda’s Smelter Hill and Butte Area One. For more on the consent decree, see DOJ press release (PDF), the EPA’s fact sheet (PDF), and the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program website. And for media coverage, see the Missoulian and the Montana Standard. The consent decree is available on the Dept. of Justice website.