The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recently were awarded an $100,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish and enhance a Underground Storage Tank/Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program.

UST/LUST Activities FY – 2009...

In July 2009 the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes began conducting annual UST Inspections “solo” within the exterior boundaries of the Flathead Reservation and submitting reports to EPA. CSKT continues to encourage owner/operators to properly operate and maintain their UST facility system by conducting compliance assistance inspections and providing owner/operators with UST regulatory information. In addition to the UST program Tom McClure also assists with site assessments for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, EPA and Environmental contractors on current LUST sites located within the exterior boundaries of the Flathead Reservation. Survey information was researched and provided which included Historical Information, property ownership, property address, County records review, and maps.

EPA FY - 2009 UST Inspections: 

Bio Station - U of M 2030119 - December 08, 2008 

Kwa Taq Nuk Resort - 2030168 - December 16, 2008 

Town Pump Polson - 2030006 - August 04, 2009 

Cenex Polson - 2030137 - August 04, 2009 

Polson Bay Grocery - 2030042 -  August 05, 2009 

Jette Store Polson - 2030043 - August 11, 2009 

Pier 93 Polson - 2030032 - August 25, 2009 

Elmo Cash Store - 2030074 - September 15, 2009 

Polson Country Club - 2030031 - September 15, 2009 


EPA FY – 2009 LUST Activities: 

Old Outlaw Saddlery Polson - 3-20-09 Approximately 300 gallons of heating fuel was released during excavation of a foundation. 2 UST’s were removed from this site and soil samples taken. 

Starvin Marvin Site St. Ignatius 10-15-09 Soil and water samples were taken from this site during a TEIR II site Assessment. (2 soil boring holes drilled) 

Old Union 76 Site Polson 10-13-09 Soil and water samples were taken from this site during a TEIR II site assessment. (3 soil boring holes were drilled) 

Heart Butte Site near Browning 10-14-09 Water Samples were taken from an existing water monitoring well at this location. 

Browning Town Sites 10-14-09 Locate utility markings from 2 sites for Assessment. 

News Release:
(Denver, Colo. - April 15, 2009) On March 30, 2009, the U. S.
Contact: Janice Pearson, EPA, 303 312-6354

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued federal inspector credentials to Tom McClure of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. Issuance of the credentials to Mr. McClure, authorizes him to conduct inspections of underground storage tank systems on the Flathead Reservation on behalf of the EPA. The credentials were presented to Mr. McClure at the National Tanks Conference in Sacramento, California.

By issuing credentials to Mr. McClure, EPA expects that the increased field presence on the Flathead Reservation will improve compliance with the federal underground storage tank regulations and prevent the release of fuel from tanks to the environment.

To prevent releases, federal law requires that all regulated underground storage tanks have spill and overfill equipment, and corrosion protection. Tanks must be monitored for releases at least every 30 days.

Releases that are detected early can be cleaned up at far less expense than those that go undetected for long periods of time.

"Mr. McClure has been working with EPA over the last year and a half to complete the required training, which included on-site inspections with an EPA-credentialed inspector," said Rich Janssen, CSKT Division Manager of Environmental Protection. "Tom will aid in helping owners and operators of underground tanks to remain in compliance and educating them regarding environmental protection."

The Flathead Reservation is located in northwest Montana. There are approximately 30 active regulated underground storage tank facilities on the Reservation.