EPA Issues Milltown Reservoir Sediments Record of Decision
On Monday, December 20, 2004, EPA, with the concurrence of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, issued the Milltown Reservoir Sediments Record of Decision (ROD). The US Department of Interior/Fish and Wildlife Service and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes also concur with the Milltown Reservoir Record of Decision. There is no public comment on the Record of Decision. It is a final document.
The cleanup will construct a by-pass channel in the Clark Fork River, remove the Milltown Dam, excavate approximately 2.6 million cubic yards of the most highly contaminated sediments in the Milltown Reservoir, restore the Milltown drinking water supply in as little as a decade, allow unrestricted fish passage, and return the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers to their natural, free-flowing state. Artist's rendition of a restored confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers.
To review the ROD, please refer to the following discrete sections:
- Part One: Declaration (8 page legal summary which EPA and DEQ signed)
- Part Two: Decision Summary (fully describes the selected remedy, including information leading to this decision)
- Part Three: Responsivness Summary (public comments and responses to those comments)
- Part Four: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and References
- Appendix A: Identification and Description of Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirements (ARARs)
- Appendix B: Concurrence Letter from the State of Montana
If you would like a CD of the entire ROD, please contact Diana Hammer, EPA, at 1-866-457-2690 or (406) 457-5040 or by e-mail email@example.com
Consent Decree negotiations (to determine who pays for and performs the work) are ongoing and confidential.