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Environmental Protection Agency project manager Erik Spalvin 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.
Partnerships between local, state and federal governments was the theme at a celebration of clean-up at Superfund sites at the former Kerr-McGee site on 14th Avenue North on Thursday.
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Residents here are hoping to turn an old wood treatment plant site into one that will honor the townspeople’s heritage, bring in jobs and boost the local tax base.
East Helena is reaching a big milestone in its effort to clean up the environment after the shutdown of the ASARCO Smelter in 2001 left contaminated water and soil behind.
A contractor is building an engineered cap of rock and top soil on the old plant site in Montana to prevent surface water from penetrating contaminated material below the surface. Removal of a surface water dam and relocation of Prickly Pear Creak are under way in order to lower groundwater below contamination.
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