August 19, 2009 in Idaho

Superfund administrator to visit Silver Valley

Meetings today will cover Bunker Hill complex, waste repository
By The Spokesman-Review

If you go

Mathy Stanislaus will attend part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin Commission meeting, which runs from 8:35 to 11:35 a.m. today at the Wallace Inn, 100 Front St. in Wallace.

The top Superfund administrator will visit Idaho’s Silver Valley today to learn about one of the nation’s largest Superfund sites.

Mathy Stanislaus will attend meetings in Wallace about the Bunker Hill Superfund complex. He’ll also meet with a citizens group opposed to the East Mission Flats Repository, which is across Interstate 90 from Old Mission State Park. The repository is slated to hold more than 40,000 truckloads of mining waste.

Stanislaus formerly ran a New York nonprofit organization with the goal of strengthening low-income neighborhoods through the redevelopment of Superfund sites. He’s now at the Environmental Protection Agency, overseeing hazardous waste cleanup, Superfund programs, oil and chemical spill prevention and response, and emergency preparedness. He’s been at the EPA since June.

Bob Colonna, a Silver Valley Community Resource Center board member, said his group wants a moratorium on building a repository in East Mission Flats. The group, along with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, opposes the repository’s proximity to the Old Mission at Cataldo and the Coeur d’Alene River’s floodplain.

Officials at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, which is building the repository with federal funding, said the repository won’t leach metals into the river. EPA is providing 90 percent of the repository’s funding.

EPA’s Office of Inspector General spent more than $400,000 investigating the repository after the Silver Valley Community Resource Center filed a complaint. Last week, the Inspector General’s office issued a memo saying it was satisfied with EPA’s plans to do additional site monitoring at the repository.

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