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Public comment on the Anaconda Smelter clean-up is open until Nov. 4

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The window for citizens to weigh in on the recent clean-up agreement for the Anaconda Smelter is now open.

The public comment phase is now open for the environmental cleanup agreement reached between Federal and State Government and the Atlantic Richfield company, which formerly operated the Anaconda Smelter.

The agreement, known as a consent decree, was filed in federal district court in Butte on September 30, and lays out the road map to finish remediation of the 300 sq. mile Superfund site that was polluted by decades of copper smelting in the town of Anaconda.

The public now has until November 4 to comment on the proposed agreement. Comments can be sent by mail or email to the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, or the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Citizens also have the right to request a public meeting in the community to discuss the agreement.

John joined the Montana Public Radio team in August 2022. Born and raised in Helena, he graduated from the University of Montana’s School of Media Arts and created the Montana history podcast Land Grab. John can be contacted at
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