EPA Regional Administrator to present East Helena partners with Superfund Reuse award on August 22

Contact: Richard Mylott, mylott.richard@epa.gov, 303-312-6654

EPA Regional Administrator Gregory Sopkin
East Helena Mayor James Schell

Representatives from:

Montana Environmental Trust Group
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Montana Department of Justice Natural Resource Damage Program
Lewis & Clark County Environmental Health Services Division
City of East Helena
East Helena Public Schools
Prickly Pear Land Trust

EPA will present members of the Montana Environmental Trust Group with the Excellence in Site Reuse award for the extensive work that has been done to advance the revitalization of the East Helena Superfund Site.  EPA will also recognize various partners who have contributed to the cleanup and reuse of the site. Interviews and photo opportunities will follow the event.

Prickly Pear Elementary School
2520 Valley Drive
East Helena, Montana

9 a.m. MST

EPA is awarding the Excellence in Site Reuse Award to the Montana Environmental Trust Group’s East Helena Team and recognizing the many federal, state and local partners who have contributed to the revitalization of the East Helena Superfund site.  These awards recognize the teamwork and partnerships that have led to the successful remediation and redevelopment of former ASARCO properties in East Helena, Montana. Lands impacted by over 100 years of lead smelting operations are being transformed into new schools, residential subdivisions and trail networks.

This year, EPA is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative. East Helena offers a national example of transforming a complex hazardous waste site and achieving locally-supported reuse outcomes that will benefit the community for decades to come.