Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Berkeley Pit Landslides
5:32 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

EPA To Release Berkeley Pit Landslides Study

Montana Resources' Steve Walsh points out a feature of the Berkeley Pit to Butte Silver Bow County Commissioner Dan Foley last Thursday.

A new study on the probability of more landslides at the Berkeley Pit Superfund site in Butte will be made public soon.

Last week Silver Bow County commissioners got a tour of the Butte Superfund site, led by Steve Walsh, an executive with Montana Resources. That company is actively mining for copper and molybdenum at the Continental Pit in Butte, but has operations at Berkeley Pit as well.

From a point high on the Berkeley Pit’s rim, Walsh pointed out where the company used to be more active there until last year.

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Coal Town Wary Of More Regulation
4:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Chilly Reception For Montana Climate Plan In Colstrip

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Billings residents and Missoulians are next in line to weigh in on Montana's climate plan. Governor Steve Bullock asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to analyze potential ways the state can comply with E.P.A's proposed Clean Power Plan.

State regulators were in Colstrip yesterday, the heart of Montana coal country, for a public meeting on a draft rule limiting carbon pollution in Montana.

Montana Associated Press reporter Matthew Brown attended yesterday's meeting at Colstrip High School.

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DEQ Closure
3:27 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

DEQ closes own building for lead contamination

The Department of Environmental Quality building at 1100 North Last Chance Gulch will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time after an examination found lead contamination.
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Nearly 100 Montana Department of Environmental Quality workers were sent home on paid leave Monday after inspections found elevated levels of lead in one of the department’s own buildings.

“The irony is not lost on us,” said DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning said regarding contaminants in Helena’s old armory at the north end of Last Chance Gulch, where DEQ now houses its division responsible for environmental cleanup.

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