Superfund News

Agency Says Asbestos Cleanup Complete in Montana Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of all required cleanup activities within a unit of a Montana Superfund site. The federal agency removed a portion of an asbestos-contaminated mining operation in Libby from its National Priorities List, The …

Supreme Court Sides with BP Unit to Curtail Montana Superfund Cleanup Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court handed BP Plc unit Atlantic Richfield Co. a victory on Monday, making it harder for Montana landowners to seek a more extensive cleanup of a hazardous waste site than the federal government had ordered. In a …

EPA Official: Montana Site Suited for Superfund Status

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says a Montana area emitting toxic vapors is a candidate to become a federal Superfund site. The Billings Gazette reports contaminants from old dry cleaning solvents are evaporating at several spots in an 855-acre …

Supreme Court to Hear BP Unit’s Montana Superfund Site Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to a hear a bid by a unit of British oil major BP to avoid a lawsuit by private landowners in Montana seeking to force the company to pay for a more extensive …

Part of Asbestos Cleanup Site in Montana Removed from Superfund List

U.S. officials have removed part of a Montana asbestos cleanup site from its Superfund list in the latest sign that the 17-year cleanup is ending, though the asbestos-related health problems for thousands of people remain. The 45-acre area is five …

Oklahoma Property Among Most Contaminated in Nation, EPA Says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add a property in central Oklahoma to the Superfund program’s list of most contaminated sites. The EPA announced Monday its intent to add Eagle Industries in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest …

Court Revives Suit Over WWII Site Cleanup in California

A divided U.S. appeals court revived efforts by oil companies to force the federal government to reimburse them for the cost to clean up a Southern California site where they had dumped toxic sludge during World War II. By a …

Montana Residents Suing Over Petroleum Pollution

Nearly 50 Cut Bank residents have filed a lawsuit alleging their properties have been polluted by petroleum from a crude oil transportation and storage facility on the eastern edge of the city. The Great Falls Tribune reported the lawsuit was …

Missoula County Wants Montana Mill Site On Superfund List

Missoula County commissioners have sent a letter to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer asking him to support putting the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. mill site in Frenchtown on the Superfund National Priorities List. Commissioners sent the letter last week, saying that …

Oregon Developer Told To Pay $1.6M In Asbestos Case

A developer whose plans to redevelop a sawmill in Sweet Home collapsed has pleaded guilty to accusations that he allowed an unlicensed contractor to demolish a building, releasing asbestos near residential neighborhoods. After the work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …