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Smurfit-Stone Community Advisory Group Meeting Tonight

Smurfit-Stone Container mill outside Frenchtown, Montana.
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Smurfit-Stone Container mill outside Frenchtown, Montana.

People concerned about the contaminated Smurfit-Stone paper mill site west of Missoula are meeting tonight in Frenchtown at 6:00 p.m. They're considering forming a Community Advisory Group to better communicate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The 3,200 acre Smurfit-Stone site was proposed for listing under the EPA's Superfund program in 2013 over concerns about soil and groundwater contamination.

The EPA says community advisory groups are created "to serve as a focal point for the exchange of information among the EPA, the community and people involved in cleanup of the site."

This winter local and tribal officials expressed concern that the site is prone to flooding from spring runoff that could contaminate the Clark Fork River.

The Smurfit-Stone Community Advisory Group meeting is tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the fire hall in Frenchtown.

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