EPA celebrates reuse success with groundbreaking of East Helena High School

DENVER -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated a milestone achievement with the East Helena Public Schools and other agencies and organizations at a ground-breaking ceremony at the future location of the East Helena High School at 2760 Valley Drive in East Helena, Montana yesterday.

The East Helena Public Schools (EHPS) high school will welcome an anticipated 500-600 students. The opening ceremony was held yesterday, Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. East Helena officials plan to open the $29.5 million school to students in 2020.

“The opening of the East Helena High School exemplifies what can be achieved when communities come together to focus on Superfund site reuse,” said EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Betsy Smidinger.  “Today, we celebrate a partnership that has made a shared vision a reality.”

EPA, EHPS, the Montana Environmental Trust Group LLC (METG), and the State of Montana worked with community residents to identify ways to reuse property that is protective of public health and the environment. METG, as trustee of the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust, sold 35 acres at the East Helena Superfund site to EHPS for the new high school in November 2018.

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Land swap grows Fort George park, clears hurdle to Eastside Jacksonville cleanup

A land swap that clears the way for cleanup of an Eastside Jacksonville Superfund site has also expanded state parkland on Fort George Island, a nonprofit that was part of the deal said Monday.

The North Florida Land Trust set up the exchange between Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Greenfield Environmental Multistate Trust, an organization responsible for cleaning up the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. property at 1611 Talleyrand Ave.

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Former Savannah landfill gets its day in the sun with new solar farm

Four thousand solar panels face south at the site of a old city landfill on East President Street, poised to produce energy.

The new solar farm sits atop the Deptford Landfill, disused for more than 50 years, at the entrance to Dulany Industries’ new multi-use industrial complex called SeaPoint. Georgia Power personnel were readying the solar panels’ connections to the grid Thursday.

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Navassa Superfund site already marketable

Environmental Protection Agency project manager Erik Spalvins and Richard Elliott, project manager for the Multistate Environmental Response Trust, two of three groups heading up the Navassa Superfund site cleanup process with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, explain the site isn’t ready for cleanup yet, but it is far enough along to market to developers with an interest in the town.

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Superfund site section may be ready to develop in 2 years

NAVASSA — The first phase of development of the Kerr-McGee Superfund site in Navassa is still 18 to 24 months away, cleanup officials said at the quarterly update meeting Aug. 9 at Navassa Community Center.

But it’s the first notice residents received that the project is ready to move beyond samples and testing into clean up for the northern section of the site.

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Church to get $8M from Tronox settlement

After nearly 15 years, Maranatha Faith Center is receiving what its attorney described as potentially the largest property damage claim ever settled in Lowndes County's history, after the discovery of creosote on its property from the former Kerr-McGee plant. 

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