In a press release, the DEQ says it and the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) have agreed to settle a state lawsuit against Stimson Lumber Company as part of a proposed Administrative Order on Consent between the state agencies and the company. The proposed Order requires the company to remove a cooling pond and a large berm built out into the Blackfoot River at Stimson's former lumber mill in Bonner, Montana. The berm and pond were built in the mid-1900s of timber cribs and soil placed in the river. The DEQ discovered polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and petroleum contamination in the cooling pond and portions of the berm in 2006.
The Stimson cleanup, while proximate to the Milltown Superfund site, is unrelated to the effort.
In addition, copies of the documents are available at the Missoula City-County Library, the Mansfield Library at U of M, the Bonner School Library, and DEQ's Remediation Division Offices at 1100 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena. Information can also be obtained by calling 1-800-246-8198.