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Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Montana Seeks Judge's Order To Ban Mining Company CEO

Jun 25, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana environmental regulators asked a judge on Monday to ban the head of a giant mining company from exploring or opening any new mines in the state until he is no longer in violation of Montana's "bad actor" law.

Emigrant Peak in Montana's Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone Park.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

A Montana judge has chastised state environmental regulators over a mine exploration project near Yellowstone National Park.

The ruling out Park County Wednesday says the Montana Department of Environmental Quality gave Lucky Minerals the go ahead last year to explore for gold in Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone without looking closely enough at whether it would impact sensitive wildlife habitat and water conditions.

The Cabinet Mountains as seen from Highway 56 near Noxon, MT.
U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (PD)

Montana regulators announced today that an Idaho mining company hoping to develop two mines in northwest Montana has violated state law; an allegation the company denies.

Dioxin contaminated soil at the Montana Pole Plant in Butte, Montana.
Montana DEQ

As the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) gets closer to finishing the clean-up of dioxin-contaminated soil at Butte’s smallest Superfund site, the Montana Pole Plant, some members of the community are still concerned about the human health risk.

In response, a risk assessment expert visited Butte to break down options for protecting human health with a contaminant that just won’t break down.

A map from the West Glacier RV and Cabin  Village draft environmental assessment showing proposed water and sewer improvements for the project.
Montana DEQ

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story misstated the total number of RV spaces West Glacier RV and Cabin Village plans to develop. The error has been corrected in this copy.

The public has been given longer to comment on part of a big, new RV park outside Glacier National Park that was approved by Flathead County last year.

The state department of Environmental Quality is now considering permits for water, wastewater, storm runoff, and solid waste management from Glacier Park, Inc. The company plans to develop a 102-space RV park with 25 rental cabins.

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