ANACONDA CO. SMELTER
On this page:
- About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
- Redevelopment at the Site
- Economic Activity at the Site
About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.
Redevelopment at the Site
All cleanup actions are focused on being protective to human health and the environment with consideration of how to redevelop the site to ensure the land can still be used for good purpose.
The construction of the Old Works Golf Course, located in the Old Works/East Anaconda Development Area, was designed by Jack Nicklaus. This was the first golf course to be built on a federal EPA Superfund site and incorporates many historic relics in its design. A unique visual feature of the golf course is the use of ground black smelter slag in place of sand in the sand traps.
Cleanup actions also addressed residential and commercial properties next to the golf course. Numerous homes have been constructed next to the golf course and plans for development of a recreational park are being developed.
In 2008, Community, Counseling, and Correctional Services Inc. built a regional prison facility on a cleaned-up area of the site. In 2010, NorthWestern Energy completed the construction of the Mill Creek Generating Station, a natural gas-fired electricity generation facility. The facility opened in 2011 and anticipates that the station will generate about $200 million and employ 11 people during the station’s operation.
AWARE Inc. has also completed construction of a campus for disabled individuals on the site in the East Anaconda Yards.
In 2017, ground was broken for the construction of a plant to reprocess smelter slag from the slag pile to produce industrial products like proppant and pig iron.
Economic Activity at the Site
As of December 2019, EPA had data on 6 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 86 people and generated an estimated $8,210,857 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.