EPA sets two more meetings on FMC cleanup

BLACKFOOT — The Environmental Protection Agency has added a series of follow-up public meetings focused on the FMC Operable Unit of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund Site.
There will be three additional public meetings—the first Nov. 15 from 4-7 p.m. in the Chubbuck City Council Chambers and two Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Fort Hall Business Center.
The proposed plan for an interim amendment to the record of decision for the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund site calls for pumping and treating groundwater to reduce contaminants to safe levels and capping contaminated soil to prevent additional groundwater contamination.
Public comment on the revised cleanup plan for the FMC Operable Unit has been extended until Dec. 2. EPA's addition of meetings and extension of the comment period is in response to several people who spoke against the format of the meetings and the short comment period at the previous meetings.
“My team and I heard loud and clear in October that people wanted more time to understand our proposal and ask more questions," said Dan Opalski, director of EPA's Office of Environmental Cleanup in Seattle. "We’ve changed our format and outreach materials to help people better understand our proposal and have more in-depth conversations about this approach."
The format of the meetings has changed and will focus on small group discussions among EPA representatives and community members. In these discussions there will be more opportunity for questions and answers, according to the EPA.
Community members will also have the opportunity to provide both written and verbal comments during the meetings.
Comments can also 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 bellovary.chris@epa.gov. 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.