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lead contamination

Cathy Price retired to Anaconda ten years ago, and decided to get tested for lead and arsenic. September 14, 2018.
Nora Saks

Over the weekend, the federal agency that investigates human health risks at Superfund sites offered free lead and arsenic testing in Anaconda. They collected blood and urine samples from two hundred willing locals. The tests will reveal if they’ve recently been exposed to dangerous amounts of heavy metals, and how.

Uptown Butte, MT.
Mike Albans

A new Superfund health study is getting underway in Butte, and this week there’s a chance for the public to learn more about it and weigh in.

C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena.
Dan Boyce

C.R. Anderson Middle School students will be heading back to class next week.

The state’s largest middle school abruptly closed last Tuesday after elevated lead levels were found at the site of the school’s old firing range.

Further testing shows the lead was confined to that area and cleanup efforts should be completed in the next few days.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce finds out more about the shooting range thought responsible for the contamination.

DEQ closes own building for lead contamination

Oct 28, 2013
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.