East Helena Project

Now Available:
Town Hall Presentation Materials
Former ASARCO East Helena Facility

March 20th, 2014

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View a Five Minute Video by the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust About the East Helena Prickly Pear Creek Realignment Project.

Now Available:
Final 2013 Interim Measures Work Plan
For the East Helena Facility

Former ASARCO East Helena Facility Interim Measures Work Plan (Final)—
Overview of Proposed Interim Measures and Details of 2013 Activities.

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November 14th Public Meeting and Open House
East Helena Facility

The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust are sponsoring a Public Meeting and Open House on November 14, 2012 to review the Draft 2013 Interim Measures Work Plan.

For more information, please download the invitation here:
November 14 Public Meeting Notice and Invitation

Now Available:
Phase II RCRA Facility Investigation
East Helena Facility
Draft May 2011

A copy of the final draft Phase II RCRA Facility Investigation is available for review at the East Helena Branch of the Lewis & Clark County Library (16 East Main Street, East Helena) and the Lead Education and Abatement Program (LEAP) Office at City Hall (306 East Main Street, Room 201, East Helena). Please contact Garrett Thompson at 406-227-1242 for a CD containing the report.

click to visit photo galleryThe city of East Helena, six miles east of Helena, dates back to 1888 when a large lead smelter was built on the banks of Prickly Pear creek in the Helena Valley.  East Helena grew up around that enterprise.  For over a century, the smelter processed 70,000 tons of lead bullion a year, and provided a livelihood for thousands of families.  It also produced tons of contaminants. In 1984, the EPA declared East Helena a Superfund Cleanup Site.

The following pages provide more information on the site operations, regulatory history, site conditions, and current status.  Information will continue to be added to this website as it becomes available.