Updates on the Parrot Tailings Removal Project

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This presentation will focus on the Parrot Tailings Waste Removal Project. A lot has been said about this controversial project. Some of what has been said has been incorrect. We will set the record straight.

• What actually is the Parrot Tailings Waste Removal Project?

• Why was this specific project chosen by the governor?

• What has been done so far on the project and what is the schedule?

• What are you doing to quantify the effects of this project?

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Jim Ford is currently a hydrogeologist/project manager with the Montana Department of Justice, Natural Resource Damage Program. Jim is the project manager and lead investigator for the Parrot Tailings Waste Removal Project. Jim started working on superfund projects in 1986 while with CH2M Hill, his Master’s thesis was on a DNAPLs CERCLA project at a karst DOD facility in Rocket City, West Virginia; he worked for the National Park Service performing Natural Resource Damage claims; for Washoe County Nevada Jim developed and implemented a technical, financial, and political plan to stop solvents from entering the drinking water systems in Reno and Sparks avoid a CERCLA listing; Jim led a multidisciplinary group of water quality professionals investigating and quantifying the statewide effects of pesticides on waters for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture among other positions and projects. Closer to home Jim developed the Streamside Tailings: RI, FS, Risk Assessment, Proposed Plan, ROD, and negotiated the remedial design which ultimately lead to a settlement with BP-AR for Silver Bow Creek cleanup.