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In other news, a decision is delayed on the cleanup plan for the White Pine Sash site. That story here.
The North Missoula Community Development Corporation has retained a lawyer, and it has opened a legal defense fund to raise money for attorney’s fees. See the Crowdrise page here.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Scott Graham talked with me about the agency’s decision-making process. It’s hard to understand how the DEQ comes to its final cleanup orders.
A ton of people have offered public comment.
“We absolutely appreciate the input,” Graham said.
He stressed that point, and I tried to understand how the input would be taken into account. It’s not a popularity contest, but community acceptance is part of the equation.
Would comments from the neighborhood actually effect any change? Graham said he’s glad everyone is involved, and I told him people would be mad if they put so much energy into comment and were, in the end, ignored.
“We wouldn’t not do what they want without really good reason,” Graham said.
I asked him if one option might be the DEQ order the vacant portion of the property cleaned to residential standards – and the rest cleaned to commercial and industrial standards. A compromise, of sorts.
“To me, it seems like it might be reasonable. I don’t know. Again, we have to take a look at what’s the difference in the cost, which is part of it,” Graham said.
He also said technically, such a plan would be doable. However, acceptance by the parties involved is another matter.
That’s because other parts of the property – including a portion that belongs to the city of Missoula and is in use – aren’t cleaned to residential standards. So is there an equity issue if the DEQ demands different cleanup standards for different parts of the site?
I don’t think they actually talk about standards; they do reference future anticipated uses.
More on White Pine Sash? Check out this blog, where someone did an analysis of the public comments.
All for now.
- Keila Szpaller