3 episodes

December 15th, 2009
Smurfit Stone Container Corporation announces the permanent closure of the expansive line-board plant just West of Missoula. 417 workers were told they had two weeks before they had to find a new job.
For an explanation as to why, Smurfit President Steve Klinger writes in a brief statement that mills were “high-cost facilities that do not provide adequate returns over the long term for the company.”
The immediate economic impacts of Frenchtown and Missoula are enormous. At the time, Smurfit-Stone was the second-largest taxpayer in Missoula County, second only to NorthWestern Energy.
January 14th, 2010
Smurfit-Stone’s Environmental Affairs Office states: “The company plans to remove all hazardous materials from the mill site.”
On the last shift of the last day, the engines stopped, the gates closed and the parking lots emptied out.
More than a decade later, after Smurfit-Stone dropped a mess in the heart of Missoula County, An industrial graveyard filled with sludge ponds, discarded heavy equipment and toxic metals sit dangerously close to our beloved Clark Fork River. Empty clean-up promises by shell companies inheriting Smurfit’s liabilities have done nothing to remove the hazardous waste pools that today sit seeping toxins into groundwater. Inaction by the state legislature, the EPA, and ownership will not be tolerated any longer.
In collaboration with The Clark Fork Coalition and Pintler Group podcasts, Welcome to “Toxic: The Mess at Smurfit-Stone” . Follow along as we explore what’s beyond the “No Trespassing Signs” surrounding the 900 acre Smurfit complex. What’s the plan, and what can we as Missoulians do?

Toxic: The Mess at Smurfit-Stone Kyle Pucko

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December 15th, 2009
Smurfit Stone Container Corporation announces the permanent closure of the expansive line-board plant just West of Missoula. 417 workers were told they had two weeks before they had to find a new job.
For an explanation as to why, Smurfit President Steve Klinger writes in a brief statement that mills were “high-cost facilities that do not provide adequate returns over the long term for the company.”
The immediate economic impacts of Frenchtown and Missoula are enormous. At the time, Smurfit-Stone was the second-largest taxpayer in Missoula County, second only to NorthWestern Energy.
January 14th, 2010
Smurfit-Stone’s Environmental Affairs Office states: “The company plans to remove all hazardous materials from the mill site.”
On the last shift of the last day, the engines stopped, the gates closed and the parking lots emptied out.
More than a decade later, after Smurfit-Stone dropped a mess in the heart of Missoula County, An industrial graveyard filled with sludge ponds, discarded heavy equipment and toxic metals sit dangerously close to our beloved Clark Fork River. Empty clean-up promises by shell companies inheriting Smurfit’s liabilities have done nothing to remove the hazardous waste pools that today sit seeping toxins into groundwater. Inaction by the state legislature, the EPA, and ownership will not be tolerated any longer.
In collaboration with The Clark Fork Coalition and Pintler Group podcasts, Welcome to “Toxic: The Mess at Smurfit-Stone” . Follow along as we explore what’s beyond the “No Trespassing Signs” surrounding the 900 acre Smurfit complex. What’s the plan, and what can we as Missoulians do?

    Episode 3: "A Restoration Slam Dunk!"

    Episode 3: "A Restoration Slam Dunk!"

    Welcome back to Toxic, the Mess at Smurfit Stone. In this episode, we talk with our team of experts about superfund, sludge ponds, and solutions. While Superfund can be complicated and mired in bureaucracy, it can get done. In fact, it’s been done! Hear the story of the Milltown Dam. What does the Smurfit Mill Site and a giant ice-dam have to do with eachother? Find out on this, our final episode of Toxic, The Mess at Smurfit Stone.


    When staring this project, the milltown dam continued to come up in conversation. We needed a history lesson, both on the milltown dam, but also, what exactly SuperFund is. This episode helps answer both.


    Thank you for listening! We hope you learned something, and most of all, we hope you’ll help us take action. Three things you can do that take even less than 10 minutes!


    Contact the EPA, Sign our Letter of Support, And engage with this campaign. Visit clarkfork.org to take action. That’s ClarkFork.org. Let’s clean Smurfit now.


    Clark Fork Coalition: www.clarkfork.org
    Pintler Group: www.pintlergroup.com

    • 28 min
    Episode 2: David vs. Goliath

    Episode 2: David vs. Goliath

    In episode one we explored the history of the Smurfit-Stone mill site on the banks for the Clark Fork River right here hin Missoula, Montana. In episode two, we talk with scientists, lawyers and local elected officials about the science and the laws. You'll hear how in a Davis vs. Goliath situation, being on the side that is smaller, hungrier and scrappier can be a tremendous advantage.


    Listen in, share with your friends and don't forget to check us out at www.smurfit.clarkfork.org.


    Have questions, let us know!


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    • 37 min
    Episode 1: Dumps, Discharge and Dioxins: The History of Smurfit-Stone

    Episode 1: Dumps, Discharge and Dioxins: The History of Smurfit-Stone

    December 15, 2009: Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation announces the permanent closure of the expansive line-board plant just west of Missoula. 417 workers were told they had two weeks before they had to find a new job.


    For an explanation as to why, Smurfit President Steve Klinger writes in a brief statement that mills were “high-cost facilities that do not provide adequate returns over the long term for the company.”


    The immediate economic impacts of Frenchtown and Missoula are enormous. At the time, Smurfit-Stone was the second-largest taxpayer in Missoula County, second only to NorthWestern Energy.


    More than a decade later, after Smurfit-Stone dropped a mess in the heart of Missoula County, An industrial graveyard filled with sludge ponds, discarded heavy equipment and toxic metals sit dangerously close to our beloved Clark Fork River. Empty cleanup promises by shell companies inheriting Smurfit’s liabilities have done nothing to remove the hazardous waste pools that today sit seeping toxins into groundwater. Inaction by the state legislature, the EPA, and ownership will not be tolerated any longer.


    How did we get here?

    • 26 min

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Great podcast not great music

I really like this podcast! The background piano music gets a little bit too cheesy but other than that great information on a complex issue!

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