2018 East Helena Project Groundwater Update

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Presentation from April 2018 Public Meeting — 2018 East Helena Project Groundwater Update

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East Helena Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Report

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Presentation from April 2018 Public Meeting — East Helena Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Report

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Notice & Invitation: East Helena Smelter Site Public Meeting & Open House

Notice & Invitation

East Helena Smelter Site Public Meeting & Open House
Offices of the Montana Environmental Trust Group (METG)
325 Manlove Street, East Helena, MT 59635
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Montana Environmental Trust Group (METG), Trustee of the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust, are sponsoring a Public Meeting and Open House on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Representatives from EPA and METG will review the draft Corrective Measures Study Report (the CMS Report) for the East Helena Smelter Site. The CMS Report, prepared by METG, describes the remedial action alternatives for addressing contamination in soil, groundwater, surface water and sediments from the former ASARCO Smelter in East Helena. The meeting will provide the public with an important opportunity to learn about and comment on the CMS Report. The open house will feature informational exhibits about cleanup, redevelopment and community programs and activities.

The CMS Report will be available to the public for review and comment after Wednesday, March 28, 2018. To download a copy of the CMS Report, view this page. Copies of the CMS Report can also be viewed at the East Helena Branch of the Lewis & Clark County Library (16 East Main Street, East Helena) and the East Helena City Hall (306 East Main Street, Room 201, East Helena). Comments on the CMS Report may be provided orally at the public meeting or submitted in writing to the EPA Project Manager, Betsy Burns, by email (to burns.betsy@epa.gov) or by regular mail (to EPA Region 8 Montana Office, 10 W. 15th St., Suite 3200; Helena, MT 59626). The public comment period for the CMS Report ends on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. MDT.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 11th at the Montana Environmental Trust Group (METG) Offices 325 Manlove Street, East Helena, Montana.

Directions to METG Offices:

Manlove Avenue is near the former Asarco Smelter. It is south of Highway 12 and parallels the Highway and the railroad tracks. Manlove Street intersects Highway 282 and is across from American Chemet.

  • From Helena, take Highway 12 east. Make a right onto Highway 282 (at the traffic light). Make a right onto Manlove Street, which is the first street on the right.
  • From Townsend, take Highway 12 west. Make a left onto Highway 282 (at the traffic light). Make a right onto Manlove Street, which is the first street on the right.
  • From Montana City, take Highway 282 north past the Asarco Smelter on the right and the Rodeo Grounds on the left. Make a left onto Manlove Street, which is the last street before Highway 12.

Look for the green modular building with the METG logo on the left!

Refreshments Will Be Served!

Now Available for Public Review and Comment: Draft Former Asarco East Helena Facility Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Report

The Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Report, prepared by the Montana Environmental Trust Group, LLC (METG), Trustee of the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust, consists of an 88-page document followed by 6 appendices, 149 figures and 42 tables.  Due to the size of the CMS Report, it has been uploaded to the METG website in the following ten (10) separate links or installments.  Please note that it may take a few minutes to access the larger files.

  1. CMS Report
  2. Appendix A—Summary of Groundwater Modeling Supporting Corrective Measures Study
  3. Appendix B—Tier II Source Control Measure/Groundwater Remedy Evaluation—Phase 2 Results and Recommendations
  4. Appendix C—Summary of Soil Removal Alternatives Evaluation and Mining Visualization System Model Development
  5. Appendix D—Summary of Supplemental RFI Soil Sampling Results for Undeveloped Lands
  6. Appendix E—Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
  7. Appendix F—Slag Pile Cover Concepts Technical Memorandum
  8. Appendix G—Lead Education and Abatement Program Administrative Boundary
  9. Tables referenced in the CMS Report
  10. Figures referenced in the CMS Report

EPA has issued the CMS Report for public review and comment.  There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, April 11th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Custodial Trust’s offices in East Helena (325 Manlove Street, East Helena) to review the CMS Report.

For more invitation, please see the Notice and Invitation

Fact Sheet: East Helena Cleanup—A Model of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

This Fact Sheet was prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Montana Environmental Trust Group, LLC, Trustee of the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust. It covers the environmental challenge of the former ASARCO Smelter in East Helena, the cleanup solution, the results, and what comes next.

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Final Corrective Measures Study Work Plan

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October 22, 2015 Former ASARCO East Helena Facility Final Corrective Measures Study Work Plan

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Final Addendum to Interim Measures Work Plan—2015 and 2016

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March 23, 2016 Former ASARCO East Helena Facility Final Addendum to Interim Measures Work Plan—2015 and 2016

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Update on Corrective Measures Studies Activities

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March 3, 2016 Former ASARCO East Helena Facility Update on Corrective Measures Studies Activities

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Draft Addendum to Interim Measures Work Plan—2015 and 2016

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January 14, 2016 Former ASARCO East Helena Facility Draft Addendum to Interim Measures Work Plan—2015 and 2016

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EHECTIC Meeting Slides

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September 30, 2015 EHECTIC Meeting Slides

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