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HELENA - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on an amendment to the May 2007 voluntary cleanup plan for the old Champion sawmill site in Missoula.

The area is a 45-acre inactive sawmill west of McCormick Park.

During cleanup activities conducted under the approved plan, trichloroethene , a chlorinated solvent, was detected in vapors from the soil at the former tractor repair shop area of the facility. The concentrations in the soil vapor exceeded generic screening numbers for the protection of human health.

The Millsite Revitalization Project, Inc., developers of the property, calculated a site-specific soil vapor cleanup level for TCE at the repair shop site. Geomatrix, an environmental consulting firm, prepared the amendment, which describes how the site-specific level was calculated.

The amendment is available for public review and comment through July 6.

Copies are available at the Missoula Public Library, the Missoula City/County Environmental Health office, and the DEQ's Remediation Division offices in Helena. An electronic version of the text, tables, figures and appendices of the amendment will be available at www.deq.mt.gov/pubcom.asp.

Alternative accessible formats of the amendment will be provided upon request.

Questions should be directed to Kate Fry, DEQ project manager for the cleanup, at 406-841-5066 or 1-800-246-8198.

Written comments should be submitted to kfry@mt.gov or Montana DEQ, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT, 59620, to her attention.

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