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Making Amends: Fort Peck Business Cleans Up Junked Vehicles, Hazardous Waste


On the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, though, the bulk of the problem has been solved, thanks to an agreement between a company named High Plains Motors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Fort Peck Tribes. While it may be rare for violations regarding hazardous-waste disposal to result in positive outcomes, Fort Peck is turning out to be an exception.

The settlement hinges on not only penalizing an automotive service center that had improperly disposed of hazardous waste on the reservation, but also enlisting the business itself to help clean up discarded vehicles.

“This innovative environmental project is an example of how EPA enforcement actions can directly benefit our communities,” said Suzanne Bohan, EPA Assistant Regional Administrator, in a statement after the settlement was reached in October. “EPA commends High Plains Motors and Tribal leaders for their commitment to work together to safely remove dozens of abandoned vehicles on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.”


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