EPA Superfund Program: EAST HELENA SITE, EAST HELENA, MT

Superfund Site Profile

The East Helena site is located in East Helena, in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. The site includes a lead smelter that operated from 1888 until 2001, the town of East Helena, several residential subdivisions and surrounding rural agricultural lands. For more than 100 years, lead and zinc smelting operations deposited heavy metals, arsenic and other hazardous chemicals into the soil, surface water and groundwater of the Helena Valley. The sources of this contamination included the smelter stack, fugitive emissions from plant operations, process ponds and direct surface water discharges. Historically, the mode of transport for the contaminants was air and surface water. Cleanup at the site is ongoing.

TOPICS IN FOCUS

EPA has completed the fourth five-year review of remedial actions performed at the East Helena Superfund site. Five-year reviews are conducted to determine how the remedy is working and if the remedy remains protective of human health and the environment.

Fourth Five-Year Review Report for the East Helena Superfund Site (PDF) (74 pp; 15.3 MB, About PDF)


SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
No
Human Exposure
Status

Under Control
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Under Control
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
No