State officials will hold a public meeting to answer questions and discuss the ongoing cleanup of an old industrial site in Livingston on Jan. 23.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality will talk about the work that’s been done, and what’s left, at the Burlington Northern Livingston Shop Complex once used for waste from a slaughterhouse and a battery recycling plant.

The meeting will be at the Livingston city/county complex at 414 E. Callender St., beginning at 7 p.m.

The primary soil and groundwater contaminants at the site are chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons and asbestos, according to DEQ. The two-mile long site in town is still an active rail yard used by Montana Rail Link.

The state agency declared the area a Superfund site in 2001. Efforts now are focused on addressing an underground diesel plume and an underground chlorinated solvent plume. BNSF was once an operator of the site and has done some of the remediation.

Eric Woodland, project officer for DEQ, said it’s difficult to say how long the cleanup will take.

“Different contaminants are being cleaned out at different paces. Remediation is done in some areas, but other areas still need work,” Woodland said.

Woodland said the timeline for cleanup would be discussed in more detail at the meeting. Hard copies of reports on the project are available at Livingston Public Library.

Shaylee Ragar can be reached at sragar@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2607.

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