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Butte Montana

Albert "Kel" Kelly, (left) head of EPA's Superfund task force, and Doug Benevento updated the public on Butte Superfund cleanup issues in Butte, MT, April 11, 2018.
Nora Saks

Residents of Butte are one big step closer to learning details about the Superfund clean-up planned for the Butte Hill.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a joint motion on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and Atlantic Richfield to loosen the gag-order on the so-called “conceptual agreement” for the consent decree on this portion of Butte’s Superfund cleanup.

Uptown Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

The U.S. Department of Justice today filed a motion to lift the gag order on the new agreement to clean up a big portion of the Butte Superfund site. That agreement could result in part of the site being removed from the Superfund list by 2024.

Uptown Butte, MT.
Mike Albans

MISSOULA – National Public Radio has selected Montana Public Radio to be a part of its prestigious Story Lab incubator project for new programming this year.

MTPR submitted plans for its latest podcast, “Richest Hill: The Future History of America’s Biggest Superfund Site,” to the national network, along with more than 100 other applicants from across the country. NPR chose “Richest Hill’ and nine other projects to participate in the Story Lab workshop at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 8-11.

Hellgate High student Mollie, one of the organizers of that school's walkout over gun violence, talks to a reporter after observing a moment of silence for the Parkland shooting victims, March 14, 2018, in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

The national website coordinating school walkouts Friday to demonstrate against gun violence shows four events in Montana. They’ll be held in Helena, Butte, Bozeman and Missoula.

Friday is the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where 15 people died.

Albert "Kel" Kelly, (left) head of EPA's Superfund task force, and Doug Benevento updated the public on Butte Superfund cleanup issues in Butte, MT, April 11, 2018.
Nora Saks

Top national, regional and local officials from the Environmental Protection Agency made a stop in Butte on Wednesday to update the public on a laundry list of Superfund agency items. 

That included the gag order on the "conceptual agreement" reached in late January by the parties responsible for cleaning up the Butte Hill and upper Silver Bow Creek. 

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