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Sep 13, 2012 10:39 AM by KPAX News Staff

Old Smurfit Stone mill may be declared Superfund site

FRENCHTOWN- The old Smurfit Stone mill site in Frenchtown is on track to become a federal Superfund site.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took samples from the mill's sludge ponds and landfill sites, and a report shows heavy metals, dioxins and ferons. Federal officials also discovered the contamination wasn't limited to just the mill land.

"They also looked to see if contaminants from those sludge ponds were moving off-site, or into other parts of the environment. And in fact, they found that too. They found dioxins in ground water, directly underneath the site, [in] shallow ground water, and they also found those substances in the sediments of the Clark Fork River which runs directly next to the site,
Chris Brick with the Clark Fork Coalition explained.

If the mill site is declared a Superfund site, it's likely either Green Investment Group or MLR Investments will have to pay for the clean up.

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