WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two wood industry brownfield manufacturing sites - the Flathead Post & Pole sawmill in Montana and a former LP Crescent Mills sawmill in Plumas County, California - will receive clean-up study funds from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Flathead Post & Pole sawmill facility was located between Dixon and Moeise in Montana. The study will examine mitigation of contamination in soil, groundwater, and wood waste. The old Louisiana Pacific sawmill property in Crescent Mills, California has remained vacant since Louisiana Pacific halted operations in the mid 1980s.
"Contamination and landmines of liability in the soil is why," says Camille Swezy at the Sirra Institute. "It is known from preliminary sampling work that minimal levels of arsenic, petroleum, and dioxins/furans remain in the soil from LP’s sawmill operations, such as the practice of spreading oil and incinerator ash on roadways for dust suppression." The amount of contamination identified to date seems to be typical of abandoned sawmill sites, and levels are likely not significant enough to be a public health issue, says the Sierra Institute in a recent report.