Contact Us

EPA Says No Emergency Pollution Situation at Smurfit-Stone Site [AUDIO]

flooded mill site
photo by Peter Christian

At a public hearing held Thursday night in Frenchtown, the owners of the former Smurfit-Stone mill site met with Missoula County, EPA, and other officials regarding the pollution left behind at the facility.

Ray Stillwell, manager of M2Green Redevelopment, owner of the property since 2011 admitted that he fully expected the EPA would find some level of contamination from the mill that had operated from the late 1950′s until its closure in 2010.

Peter Nielsen, water quality specialist with the Missoula City-County Health Department started the meeting with a presentation of the pollution his agency found at the site, including various dioxin and furan compounds, and emergency spill ponds contaminated with chemicals that Nielsen said could get into the nearby Clark Fork River in a flood situation, such as what happened in 2011.

A representative from the EPA, Rob Parker, said while releases of pollution into the Clark Fork have been documented, sampling data does not indicate that an emergency situation currently exists. the agency says further tests must be conducted before the area can be placed on the National Priorities List..the next step to declaring the area a Superfund Site. The next opportunity to add sites to the NPL is in April of 2013.

Stillwell said his company will work with the State, the county and the EPA to remediate the designated area. He said even as pollution testing continues, his company plans to continue developing the site.

M2Green Redevelopment’s Ray Stillwell

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

More From 96.3 The Blaze

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://963theblaze.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 96.3 The Blaze quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 96.3 The Blaze quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!