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Berkeley Pit in Butte, MT
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On Monday night, the EPA presented its five-year review of the Superfund cleanup in Butte to a room full of frustrated residents and officials. David McCumber, editor of The Montana Standard talks to MTPR's Nora Saks about why the meeting got heated.

Berkeley Pit in Butte, MT
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The Montana Standard is suing to make Superfund negotiations in Butte public after they've been veiled in secrecy for 14 years. Nora Saks speaks with David McCumber, the editor of the newspaper, to find out more about their lawsuit and why the state pulled out of the clean-up settlement last week.

Montana Standard Editor David McCumber.
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Half a million gallons of flammable toxic sludge have been sitting just west of Butte since 1997. A multinational chemical company finally has the green light to clean up the site and mine the waste for profit. The Montana Standard has been covering the story. Nora Saks spoke with the paper’s editor David McCumber.

Plans to remove a 50-foot-deep pile of smelter waste in the middle of Butte just hit another roadblock. As the Montana Standard reports, it’s the latest in a series of setbacks for plans to relocate the Parrot tailings. Editor David McCumber of the Montana Standard joins us with the latest news.

The Parrot Smelter operated between 1891 and 1899
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Some Silver Bow County shop buildings have to move to make way for a major environmental cleanup in Butte. Moving the buildings is proving difficult for a number of reasons. The situation is raising concerns about government transparency, the environment and some good old-fashioned election year politics.
The Montana Standard has followed the story from the beginning. Editor David McCumber now joins us with the latest.


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