ANACONDA CO. SMELTER
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On July 28, 2018, EPA, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the State of Montana, Anaconda Deer Lodge County (ADLC), and the Atlantic Richfield Company reached a conceptual settlement framework that addresses final cleanup actions at the Anaconda Co. Smelter Superfund site and provides the potential for significant benefits to the local community. The process by which the settlement framework was negotiated is substantially similar to that followed by Atlantic Richfield, EPA, the State, and Butte Silver Bow County at the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund site.
Details of the conceptual settlement framework are currently subject to a court confidentiality order issued in a lawsuit between the U.S. and the Atlantic Richfield Company. The parties will work quickly to seek court approval to modify the order to allow information about the proposed final remedy and other benefits to the community to be shared with the public.
Under the framework, the parties will begin negotiating and drafting a consent decree and other documents representing a binding cleanup agreement. If the parties succeed in that effort, the public will have an opportunity to review and comment on such a decree before it becomes final and on any modifications to EPA’s remedial action decision documents.
In 2018, EPA is working with health agencies and local partners to conduct an exposure investigation in Anaconda to study health concerns related to site contamination.
EPA is also working with the Anaconda School District to sample all the interiors and yards of Anaconda schools in 2018. Public parks in Anaconda will also be sampled in 2018.
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Anaconda, MT 59711