November 26, 2007

Milltown Bypass Channell

Work progress continues on numerous fronts at the Milltown Reservoir Superfund site, according to recent updates from the EPA and Missoula County. The EPA reports that more than 128,000 cubic yards — of 2.2 million total — have been shipped to the BP-ARCO repository at the Anaconda Superfund site. Read more on the latest from the EPA (PDF).

Missoula County’s monthly update includes news and photos on sediment removal, bridge mitigation, the deconstruction work on the powerhouse, the dedication of a bluff overlook by Gov. Schweitzer and an interesting look at changes in the course of the Blackfoot River over the years. Read all about it here . (PDF, 1.2 MB) That update, and the annotated photo above, is courtesy of Peter Nielsen of the Missoula County Health Dept.

November 26, 2007

A recent Missoulian editorial looks forward to seeing the release of the consent decree that resolves all the legal issues among the state, BP-ARCO and the EPA on the Clark Fork River Superfund cleanup. The consent decree, which the state says should be released by year’s end, comes after decades and will bring in additional — and substantial — support for restoration efforts in the Clark Fork River watershed. “Here’s hoping for a speedy resolution so we can truly put this chapter behind us and head full-throttle toward a better future,” opines the Missoulian.

November 13, 2007

Repository Dust

Opportunity resident George Niland sent photos of a dust storm blowing across the BP-ARCO repository on Nov. 12. According to a Montana Standard report, winds up to 70 mph toppled trees in Anaconda, knocked out power and whipped up the dust storm in the Deer Lodge Valley.

Dust over Opportunity
Dust over Opportunity

Niland says dust was blowing off all the repository’s cells and also the slag pile outside of Anaconda. He has documented many of the chronic dust storms at the repository.

Dust from Arco Repository
Dust from ARCO repository

“So much for dust control,” says Niland, one of the founders of the Opportunity Citizens Protection Association, and a CFRTAC board member. “Maybe a little more polymer or some wet Milltown sediments might cure this problem.”

November 1, 2007

The Missoulian recently featured front page coverage of the Milltown Superfund Redevelopment Working Group’s park planning efforts for the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. The initial phase of design work is nearing a close with the completion of a second set of public meetings on the designs developed during a two-day workshop in September. The working group will convene later this month to review public comment and then narrow park options to a single plan, which will later be submitted to the Missoula County Commissioners for review and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for cost estimates.

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