By LORI EDMO-SUPPAH
FORT HALL — Attorney Jill Grant’s contract will be on the May 31 Shoshone-Bannock Tribal election ballot.
For the past three years, Grant has worked with Tribal Environmental Waste Management Program on issues involving the old FMC elemental phosphorous site.
She’s asking for another three-year contract at $150,000 year.
Grant attended the Gibson District meeting Monday, April 22 and also met with tribal members in the Tribal Business Center Dome Room Tuesday, April 23, along with the Elderly Nutrition program during lunch.
In a prepared information sheet Grant said she has worked on the following:
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Waste Management Act (WMA) that regulates the generation, treatment, storage and disposal of solid and hazardous waste on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. She played a major role in drafting the WMA and works with the Environmental Waste Management program in implementing it.
She has helped draft the WMA soil cleanup standards that set the levels for cleanup of contaminated soils on the reservation. She also drafted the permit regulations and is working with the Environmental Waste Management Program on the implementation. Those subject to the WMA must obtain permits before treating, storing or disposing of waste on the reservation.
Concerning the FMC site, she has advocated for treatment study at the plant with Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 Regional Administrator, the EPA headquarters Assistant Administrator for the Superfund program and ultimately the EPA Deputy Administrator.
Commitment has been obtained to perform an independent review of possible treatment options. She is currently negotiating with EPA on independent review. Argonne will be doing the review as they’ve previously done work in the past involving elemental phosphorous.
Grant, Tribal EWMP staff, and EPA officials met Wednesday to address the issues.
She previously worked for EPA 20 years ago and believes it helps her better understand the problems.