CFAC pays first refund to feds

Columbia Falls Aluminum Company has reimbursed the federal government for some of the costs of investigating its former Columbia Falls plant.

The aluminum mill was permanently closed in 2015 and declared a Superfund site last year. The company is currently investigating the site under the Environmental Protection Agency’s oversight and direction. In its Agreement on Consent, it agreed to reimburse the agency and its contractors, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, for those oversight costs.

It sent the first of those reimbursements Friday, in the form of a $302,326 check to the EPA.