Online meeting to discuss ASARCO site in East Helena

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Montana Environmental Trust Group will hold a virtual public meeting Wednesday to update the community on cleanup and redevelopment progress at the former ASARCO smelter facility in East Helena.

The 7 p.m. meeting will provide updates and allow time for questions about improvements in groundwater quality, water infrastructure projects, remediation and restoration of areas along Prickly Pear Creek, the East Helena slag removal project, and property development activities.

Due to COVID-19, the meeting will be held virtually on Zoom and by phone.

To join, go to: https://bit.ly/2ZUJRoF or https://www.mtenvironmentaltrust.org/invitation-dec-8-2021-east-helena-site-virtual-public-meeting/.

Or join by phone at 646-876-9923. Enter meeting ID 816 5567 5621# and passcode 781655#.

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