County receives additional EPA funding toward researching options for former smelter site

Cascade County has received additional funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Superfund program for the engineering and land use planning consulting services to consider potential future uses of the former smelter site in Black Eagle.

The initial agreement was for $98,445 and has been amended several times since 2016.

The agreement was further amended to increase the award to $254,491 and in July, the EPA release $100,000 of the additional funds.

The additional funding will assist with consulting services to “explore long-term management and sustainability of the previously identified options for development of Operable Unit 2, the former smelter site; engagement of county personnel in the additional tasks; and further development of institutional controls as needed for the site,” according to county documents.

Commissioner Jane Weber said during the July 24 work session that the funding will largely support continued work with the consultants, WET, to look at business strategies to manage the former smelter site in perpetuity should it be redeveloped as the community plan has designed.

She said the commission would adjust the WET contract separately in the future.

Weber said that the agreement has also been extended through September 2020.

For more background on the project, read our previous coverage:

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