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Superfund

Uptown Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

In Butte, the Environmental Protection Agency now says it's going to take a closer look at a neglected part of the big Superfund site there. But work at another remains stalled. Nora Saks got an update on what is and isn't happening with cleaning up in Butte from David McCumber editor of the Montana Standard.

The Environmental Protection Agency designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site in September 2016.
Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

Environmental groups say President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget could mean less grant money for pollution control, drinking water protection and Superfund clean up in Montana.

The Orphan Girl mine dump behind Montana Tech
Susan Dunlap / Montana Standard

More than 30 years after being declared part of a Superfund site, Butte residents still don't know what's in their backyards, or if they're safe. An EPA report recently revealed that the agency hasn't even started to evaluate possible human health risks from mining waste in a whole section of town. Nora Saks spoke with David McCumber, the editor of the Montana Standard, to find out more.

State Seeking New Libby Asbestos Cleanup Liaison

Sep 21, 2017
Libby Superfund map.
US Environmental Protection Agency

State and local officials have begun preparations to take over management of the cleanup of the Libby Superfund site, where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure.

The Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team met for the first time today after being established by the Montana Legislature earlier this year.

The Environmental Protection Agency designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site in September 2016.
Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new chief wants to prioritize and streamline the nation’s major Superfund cleanups. And that makes at least one watchdog organization nervous. EPA chief Scott Pruitt says America’s Superfund cleanups take too long to start and too long to finish.

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