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Bridger Creek Residents Plan To Sue City, County, State

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Residents of the Bridger Creek subdivision filed a letter of intent to sue the city of Bozeman, Gallatin County and the state.

This is because volatile organic compounds were found in soil and indoor air samples of homes built near a former city landfill.

Four residents living in the third phase of the Bridger Creek subdivision are asking for more than $3M a home after volatile organic compounds from the former adjacent landfill were found in many homes last year.

The homes in the third phase were built near a landfill along Story Mill road.

The landfill, which closed in 2008, wasn't lined when it was built in 1970.

The residents list many medical reasons for filing the claim, ranging from increased stress to skin cancer. The letter states even pets have cancer from the VOC's. They also claim that their homes lost value because realtors are refusing to list the homes.

The letter states the city should have never built the landfill on story mill road, and phase three of Bridger Creek should not have been approved.

Bozeman City Manager Chris Kukulski wouldn't comment on the lawsuit specifically but said the city is working with homeowners to come to a resolution.    

"Our goal has been to deal with the issue, take responsibility for it and communicate with the public as we develop solutions to that problem," said Kukulski.

A part of that solution is installing mitigation systems in all the affected homes, paid for by the city. Kukulski said out of the 28 homes affected, 26 have mitigation systems installed, and the final two are pending. Now, he said the city is working with the Department of Environmental Quality to address the leaching at the landfill.

"The remediation system has to go through a pretty extensive process to design it based on data that's collected on and off site," said Kukulski.

Kukulski said it would be similar the methane system currently in place at the landfill, but the DEQ ultimately to approve the design.

City officials have 120 days to file a response to the claim.

The city is also planning another public meeting discussing the next steps it will take in solving the issue in the next few months.

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