On November 4, 2019, Governor Steve Bullock approved the East Helena ASARCO Smelter Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Checklist. The plan funds $2,217,000.00 in groundwater restoration, $160,000.00 in surface water restoration, and $3,200,000.00 in recreation restoration. Groundwater restoration will include priority projects from the City of East Helena water master plan; surface water projects will include a Prickly Pear Creek re-watering project and planting of larger cottonwoods on the Prickly Pear Creek realigned channel; and recreation projects will include funding for a Greenway Trail system along Prickly Pear Creek and through the City of East Helena.
Under the terms of the settlement (involving among others, EPA and the State of Montana) was approved in December 2009 by the Court in the ASARCO bankruptcy case, as part of the plan of reorganization, ASARCO paid the following amounts:
For additional information see http://www.mtenvironmentaltrust.org/east-Helena.