The owners of the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. paper mill site in Frenchtown say designating the area a Superfund site would hinder bringing back jobs.
Ray Stillwell, manager for M2Green Redevelopment LLC, tells the Missoulian that the bureaucracy involved with such a designation would delay job creation and economic activity.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed adding the Frenchtown site to the Superfund National Priorities List.
The site near the Clark Fork River is contaminated with dioxins, furans, arsenic and manganese associated with the former mill's wastewater and sludge ponds. The EPA says no private residential or municipal drinking water wells appear to have been affected.
Stillwell says he would rather the company handle the site cleanup with state supervision.