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Anaconda residents show interest in suing Atlantic Richfield

Friday, May 19, 2017  
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About 25 Anaconda residents signed a statement Thursday night expressing interest in suing Atlantic Richfield to get a cleanup that visiting attorneys say will be better than what the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated for the Smelter City.

What happens next will depend on a lawsuit residents in nearby Opportunity and Crackerville have before the Montana Supreme Court, the Montana Standard reports.

Two law firms, the Bozeman-based Beck, Amsden and Stalpes and the Great Falls-based Kovacich Snipes, who are representing the Opportunity residents, held a public meeting in Anaconda Thursday night. Some people there are upset over right-to-sue waivers offered by Atlantic Richfield in March to prepare to clean residents’ yards for lead contamination left from the now defunct smelter. Those waivers came with a financial offer of $1,000. But the waiver follows the property’s deed.