Comment deadline looms on cleanup of polluted 42-acre rail yard in Missoula

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A 42-acre rail yard site between North Second Street East and the railway tracks on Missoula’s Northside is under proposal to be cleaned for industrial uses, but housing advocates and elected officials are pushing for a cleanup to residential standards.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian David Erickson

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to clean up a polluted 42-acre area just north of downtown Missoula to standards that would allow future industrial uses.

However, Missoula housing advocates and elected officials are pushing hard to get the state to clean it to residential standards.

A deadline is coming up on May 2 for public comments to be submitted about the plan.

The Burlington Northern Missoula Facility lies a half-mile north of the Clark Fork River and west of Rattlesnake Creek. It consists of an active rail yard that’s owned by Burlington Northern Inc. and used by Montana Rail Link. Other portions of the property include commercial businesses and residential homes.

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