Montana Environmental Trust Group’s Creek Realignment Project Wins National Engineering Excellence Award
Rare Swap of State-Owned and Private Lands Will Allow Cleanup of Superfund Site in Jacksonville and Expansion of a Florida State Park
Washington, DC (May 13, 2019) – Montana Environmental Trust Group, LLC, as trustee of the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust, and its contractor Pioneer Technical Services received a 2019 national Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the Prickly Pear Creek realignment in East Helena, Montana.
Montana Environmental Trust Group’s (METG) Prickly Pear Creek relocation project won a national Grand Award in Engineering Excellence in the environmental category from ACEC. METG teamed with Pioneer Technical Services, Inc. to realign more than a mile of Prickly Pear Creek in East Helena in order to reduce groundwater contamination and the potential migration of contaminants.
Land Sales Produce Cleanup Funds and Make Way For New Public High School, Mixed-Use Development and Residential Subdivision
Jacksonville, FL (April 26, 2019) – A rare swap of privately owned marsh for state-owned submerged lands won State of Florida approval and cleared other hurdles, paving the way toward cleanup of a Superfund site on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, and an addition to Fort George Island Cultural State Park.
The Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust) needed to acquire 2.8 acres of state-owned, sovereign submerged lands to facilitate cleanup of the Multistate Trust-owned Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp –Jacksonville Superfund Site (the Site) in the Port of Jacksonville, Florida.
EPA celebrates reuse success with groundbreaking of East Helena High School
East Helena, MT (April 23, 2019) – The Montana Environmental Trust Group, LLC, as trustee of the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust, recently sold three parcels comprising almost 400 acres at its East Helena Superfund Site (the East Helena Site), generating nearly $3 million in sale proceeds to help pay for additional cleanup activities and paving the way for mixed-use and residential developments as well as a new public high school.
In October 2018, the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust (the Custodial Trust) completed the sale of the 254-acre Lamping Field property to an affiliate of Butte, Montana-based Town Pump, Inc. (Town Pump) for a mixed-use development. The Custodial Trust also closed on the sale of two Dartman Field parcels—35 acres in November 2018 to the East Helena Public Schools (EHPS) for a new high school, and 100 acres in December 2018 to Billings, Montana-based Oakland Companies for a 319-unit, single-family residential development.
Land swap grows Fort George park, clears hurdle to Eastside Jacksonville cleanup
DENVER -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated a milestone achievement with the East Helena Public Schools and other agencies and organizations at a ground-breaking ceremony at the future location of the East Helena High School at 2760 Valley Drive in East Helena, Montana yesterday.
The East Helena Public Schools (EHPS) high school will welcome an anticipated 500-600 students. The opening ceremony was held yesterday, Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. East Helena officials plan to open the $29.5 million school to students in 2020.
“The opening of the East Helena High School exemplifies what can be achieved when communities come together to focus on Superfund site reuse,” said EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Betsy Smidinger. “Today, we celebrate a partnership that has made a shared vision a reality.”
EPA, EHPS, the Montana Environmental Trust Group LLC (METG), and the State of Montana worked with community residents to identify ways to reuse property that is protective of public health and the environment. METG, as trustee of the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust, sold 35 acres at the East Helena Superfund site to EHPS for the new high school in November 2018.
Former Savannah landfill gets its day in the sun with new solar farm
A land swap that clears the way for cleanup of an Eastside Jacksonville Superfund site has also expanded state parkland on Fort George Island, a nonprofit that was part of the deal said Monday.
The North Florida Land Trust set up the exchange between Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Greenfield Environmental Multistate Trust, an organization responsible for cleaning up the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. property at 1611 Talleyrand Ave.
ASARCO settlement funds could be used for trails, water tank replacements in East Helena
Four thousand solar panels face south at the site of a old city landfill on East President Street, poised to produce energy.
The new solar farm sits atop the Deptford Landfill, disused for more than 50 years, at the entrance to Dulany Industries’ new multi-use industrial complex called SeaPoint. Georgia Power personnel were readying the solar panels’ connections to the grid Thursday.
Navassa Superfund site already marketable
The state of Montana proposes spending nearly $5.5 million on water infrastructure, wetlands rehabilitation and recreation trails and creek access on former ASARCO lands in East Helena.
Winner of 2019 ACEC Montana Engineering Award for Prickly Pear Creek Relocation
Environmental Protection Agency project manager Erik Spalvins and Richard Elliott, project manager for the Multistate Environmental Response Trust, two of three groups heading up the Navassa Superfund site cleanup process with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, explain the site isn’t ready for cleanup yet, but it is far enough along to market to developers with an interest in the town.
Superfund site section may be ready to develop in 2 years
Montana Environmental Trust Group LLC, Trustee of the Montana Environmental Custodial Trust, and its contractor Pioneer Technical Services received a 2019 American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana Engineering Excellence Award for the Prickly Pear Creek realignment in East Helena.
EPA celebrates Kerr-McGee clean-up in Columbus
NAVASSA — The first phase of development of the Kerr-McGee Superfund site in Navassa is still 18 to 24 months away, cleanup officials said at the quarterly update meeting Aug. 9 at Navassa Community Center.
But it’s the first notice residents received that the project is ready to move beyond samples and testing into clean up for the northern section of the site.
Voters in East Helena approve land purchase for new high school (Video)
Partnerships between local, state and federal governments was the theme at a celebration of clean-up at Superfund sites at the former Kerr-McGee site on 14th Avenue North on Thursday.
Navassa Superfund site cleanup to begin in 2019
EAST HELENA – Voters in the East Helena school district have overwhelmingly approved the purchase of a land for a new high school.
Superfund Site Ideas Honor Town’s Heritage
More soil testing at Navassa’s Kerr-McGee Superfund site is planned for 2018, but officials said cleanup could begin by the start of 2019.
Milestone reached in East Helena clean-up efforts
Residents here are hoping to turn an old wood treatment plant site into one that will honor the townspeople’s heritage, bring in jobs and boost the local tax base.
Officials propose capping East Helena slag pile in final cleanup plan
East Helena is reaching a big milestone in its effort to clean up the environment after the shutdown of the ASARCO Smelter in 2001 left contaminated water and soil behind.
Navassa Superfund site redevelopment could bring new jobs, amenities
The reshaped Prickly Pear Creek flows through former Asarco property beneath the East Helena slag pile. Officials with the Montana Environmental Trust Group and EPA propose capping the slag pile in place as part of their final cleanup plan.
East Helena environmental cleanup plan subject of Wednesday open house
Community members in Navassa got a first look at what the redeveloped Kerr-McGee Superfund site could look like Tuesday night.
Navassa Site Update set for April 10
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Montana Environmental Trust Group are holding an open house Wednesday to discuss a draft report for environmental cleanup in East Helena.
Residents can meet one-on-one with experts and hear an update about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. Superfund site during a public availability session and meeting Tuesday.