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BNSF, Montana Rail Reach $852,000 Agreement in Superfund Suit

May 24, 2022, 7:25 PM

BNSF Railway Co. and Montana Rail Link Inc. will clean up contamination at the site of a former smelter in Montana and put up at least $852,200 in financial assurance, according to a settlement with the EPA filed in a federal court in the state.

The East Helena Superfund Site includes a lead and zinc smelter owned and operated by American Smelting and Refining Co. BNSF owns a railroad that runs through the site, which includes a rail yard located next to the smelter. Montana Rail Link has operated the railroad and rail yard since leasing it in 1987.

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