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Black Eagle residents express concerns on cleanup

Published On: May 07 2014 11:32:40 AM CDT
Great Falls, MT -

An environmental consultant is laying out Black Eagle residents' concerns in cleaning up a contaminated Superfund site.

Steve Ackerlund of Helena was hired by the Black Eagle Civic Club to represent residents in the cleanup of a former copper smelter and refinery north of Great Falls.

The Environmental Protection Agency placed the 427-acre site on the federal Superfund list in 2011 and is testing community soils for heavy metals.

Ackerlund says his job is to advise residents and communicate their concerns and goals to the EPA.

The Great Falls Tribune reported Wednesday Ackerlund completed a report expressing residents' worries the cleanup could interfere with land uses and future development.

For example, residents want to make sure the cleanup doesn't interfere with plans to expand a community park.

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