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EPA signs eastern Idaho Superfund cleanup plan

October 03, 2012
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BOISE, Idaho -- Federal regulators signed documents on Tuesday outlining an interim cleanup plan for a polluted southeastern Idaho Superfund site. The agency estimates the cost to cleanup the site will be $57 million and take up to five years to complete.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it opted to move forward with the plan for FMC Corp.''s former plant near Pocatello, but reserved the right to make changes, if necessary.

The site is located on the reservation of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, which has questioned whether the plan will remedy contaminated soil to tribal standards.

The EPA says cost of the cleanup will be borne by the company and overseen by the agency and the Shoshone-Bannock tribes. The effort could start in about a year after the completion of preliminary engineering work.

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