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Atlantic Richfield Pre-Design Investigation at Diggings East

Release Date - August 7, 2020

Atlantic Richfield Company is currently conducting a pre-design investigation to further characterize the groundwater below the open space area known as Diggings East.

The investigation includes performing a groundwater pumping test from a recently installed well. The information obtained from this investigation will be used in construction planning for stormwater basins at Diggings East; and in the design of systems to collect contaminated groundwater before it reaches Blacktail or Silver Bow Creek.

As a result of this work, George St. will be temporarily closed to through traffic on Friday, August 7, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and again from 7:00 AM Monday, August 10, through 5:00 PM Thursday, August 13, to allow safe mobilization of equipment and personnel and performance of the pumping test .

All parties involved thank you for your patience and understanding during completion of this pre-design investigation.

 

Atlantic Richfield Company supports Butte Silver Bow Council of Commissioners

Release Date - May 21, 2020

Butte, MT. – Atlantic Richfield applauds the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow (BSB) in concluding its public review process and in authorizing BSB to enter the Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit (BPSOU) Consent Decree (CD). We thank the Commission and all community members for the hard work and long hours that went into achieving this significant milestone.

Throughout the BPSOU CD negotiations, the CD Parties have collectively sought input from the community on their vision for Butte’s future, and where possible this input has been incorporated into the remedy and associated land use plan. Reaching agreement has been a challenging process that has taken over thirteen years since EPA selected its initial remedy in the 2006 BPSOU Record of Decision. During this period, Atlantic Richfield worked cooperatively with the other CD Parties (the US, the State, and BSB) to gather and evaluate the data needed to identify feasible and appropriate remedy options. Atlantic Richfield believes the modified remedy, riparian project, and end land use plan provide the best solution for the environment, the Butte community, and the State of Montana.

The CD will now be lodged with the federal district court for public comment. The U.S. Department of Justice, in coordination with the EPA and the State of Montana, will publish notice of lodging in the Federal Register, which will provide details on how and when comments can be submitted. Following the close of the public comment period, the U.S. and State will decide whether to file a motion asking the court to approve and enter the CD as a final judgment. Any such motion will include responses to comments received during the public comment period. If that motion is filed and granted, the parties will move forward with implementing the remedy and other work required under the CD.

 

Atlantic Richfield Company joins negotiating parties in support of Butte Consent Decree

Release Date - February 13, 2020

Butte, Mont. - Atlantic Richfield Company joins the United States, the State of Montana, and Butte-Silver Bow in presenting the Consent Decree for the Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit (BPSOU CD) to the Butte community. If the BPSOU CD is approved by the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners after the upcoming public education period, and if it is subsequently approved by the court after a separate Department of Justice public comment period, then the parties will be able to complete the remedy and other work described in the BPSOU CD.

The proposed BPSOU CD would provide a final, permanent and protective remedy with proven technologies that are effective in this environment, are feasible to operate and maintain, and are sustainable over a long period of time. It uses the best science to combine remedies that protect the community and the environment with the added creation of 120 acres of green space, parks and other community amenities in the creek corridor. Throughout the BPSOU CD negotiations, the parties have sought input from the community on their vision for Butte’s future, and where possible this input has been incorporated into the remedy and surrounding land use plan.

If the proposed BPSOU CD is approved by all parties and the court, Atlantic Richfield commits to fund the design, construction, and future operation and maintenance of all remedy components. The BPSOU CD also includes provisions that would require Atlantic Richfield to provide a combination of trust funds, bonds, or other financial assurance instruments to ensure that these future remedy costs will be paid by Atlantic Richfield.

Reaching agreement has been a challenging process that has taken over thirteen years since EPA issued its original remedy in the 2006 BPSOU Record of Decision. During this period, Atlantic Richfield worked cooperatively with the other parties to gather the data needed to identify feasible and appropriate remedy options. The remedy provides the best solution for the environment, the community and the State of Montana. We believe the proposed remedy and land use plan will transform the heart of Butte.