Montana Public Radio

Dave Bowers

Nora Saks


  State environmental regulators say a former wood treatment plant in Butte needs a new cleanup plan to make the toxic site safer for both people and groundwater.

DEQ project manager Dave Bowers discusses the water treatment facility at the Montana Pole and Treating Plant Superfund site in Butte. July 20, 2018.
Nora Saks

Final cleanup and construction on Butte’s smallest Superfund site, the Montana Pole and Treating Plant, continues to be pushed back.

DEQ closes own building for lead contamination

Oct 28, 2013
Montana DEQ Building
Dan Boyce

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.