KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The multi-national company that owns the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant opposes the plant’s listing on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List, arguing it would slow cleanup and hinder redevelopment of the 120-acre site.
CFAC’s former external affairs manager Haley Beaudry said Glencore is committed to developing a plan to remediate pollution using a private contractor. He said federal oversight would unnecessarily slow the cleanup process.
The Flathead Beacon reports the Environmental Protection Agency has said the site qualifies for Superfund listing, but the agency wanted public input.
Both Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester support the listing for the plant, which closed in 2009.
An EPA study found cyanide, arsenic, lead and fluoride in the groundwater in and around the plant that closed in 2009.