Dec 21, 2004

EPA Proposes Cleanup Plan for Butte

Part of proposal calls for removal of contaminated sediment in Silver Bow Creek; stormwater management; groundwater collection and treatment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a Proposed Plan for a comprehensive cleanup of soil, surface water and groundwater in Butte, Mont.

The plan is EPA's proposed final remedy for the Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit site, bringing many years of study of mining-related contamination in the area to a conclusion. There will be a 60-day public comment period on the plan.

The plan was developed in consultation with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and reflects input from Butte Silver Bow County and Butte citizens.

"I’m eager to hear what Butte residents think of this proposal," said John Wardell, Director of EPA’s office in Helena. "I believe the plan represents a responsible and sensible approach to cleaning up contamination and protecting public health."

The proposal calls for removal of contaminated sediment in Silver Bow Creek; storm water management; groundwater collection and treatment; covers, partial removal and limited treatment for soil and mine waste and continuation of a lead abatement program.

"There are many components to this cleanup plan and it has been complicated to develop. EPA is pleased to finally put forth this proposal that has been a long time in the making. Close coordination with stakeholders will continue to be extremely important as we move forward," said Bob Fox, EPA’s Superfund Program Manager.