September 24th marked another historic milestone for Envirocon’s Milltown Reservoir Sediments Superfund Site as the last trainload of contaminated sediments was transported off site. For the past 2 years, Envirocon crews have been loading the 45 railcars with approximately 100 tons of contaminated sediments each day.
Since the transportation began in October 2007, over three million tons of contaminated sediment has been sent approximately 90 miles by rail to the Anaconda Smelter Superfund Site for reclamation use.
“There were mixed emotions. On the one hand we were happy to have successfully completed a major part of the work and on the other hand we were reminded that the project is rapidly coming to an end. We now focus all our efforts on rebuilding the floodplain and trying to complete our work by year’s end,” said Envirocon Senior Project Director, Matt Fein.
The last trainload of contaminated sediments represented another significant step towards the project’s ultimate goals of purifying the local drinking water supply, reestablishing the native fish and wildlife habitats, and restoring the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers to their original state.