FORT HALL — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the FMC Operable Unit of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund Site until Dec. 2.
The decision comes after several people speaking at the public hearing earlier this month in Fort Hall expressed that they did not have enough time to review the information regarding the proposed plan to provide comment at that hearing. Many also criticized the EPA's handling of that meeting.
The proposed plan for an interim amendment to the record of decision for the FMC unit developed by the EPA calls for pumping and treating groundwater to reduce contaminants to safe levels and capping contaminated soil to prevent additional groundwater contamination. Long-term monitoring, maintenance and land use restrictions are also included in the plan.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have been vocal opponents to the revised cleanup plan. They ask that the EPA to study the feasibility of treating and removing elemental phosphorus from the soil in areas with the highest concentrations of elemental phosphorus deposits to reduce contamination of the groundwater. The Tribes suggest the EPA implement a pilot treatment project at the site.
Comments can be mailed through Dec. 2 to Chris Bellovary, US EPA Region 10, ECL-113, 1200 Sixth Ave, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98101-3723 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please put "FMC Proposed Plan" in the subject line.
Information about the changes in the proposed plan can be found at go.usa.gov/iTC and at the Idaho State University Library, American Falls Library and the Shoshone-Bannock Library.