MTPR

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Pipeline Spills Crude Oil On Private Property Near Belt

Nov 30, 2018

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An oil pipeline spilled 3,400 barrels of crude oil on about 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of private property southeast of Great Falls, near Belt.

ABC Fox Montana reports the spill from the Phillips 66 pipeline happened on Nov. 14.

Plastic recycling in the Flathead Valley ended on February 15, 2018. As a result, recyclers now toss plastics and steel cans in the trash.
Flathead County Solid Waste

A new state report estimates that the average Montanan produced almost 10 pounds of trash each day in 2016.

The proposed five-year Integrated Waste Management Plan released by the State Department of Environmental Quality earlier this week outlines a snapshot of what’s happening with recycling, composting, landfills and other forms of waste management in Montana. 


Governor Steve Bullock has appointed a former liaison in the Obama White House to a state cabinet position leading the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. 

Drinking fountain.
Joseph Thomas Photography / iStock

State agencies are working on a proposed rule change that early next year would require every public school in the state to test drinking water for lead. One of them, Department of Environmental Quality, also proposes funnelling some of its funding into new grants to help schools pay for testing and remediation.

The latest campaign finance reports show that a lot of the $3 million that’s flowed into the race for Montana’s I-186 ballot measure so far has come from organizations and individuals with out of state and international ties. 

Pipes gushing water.
Public domain.

A backlog in the review of water pollution permits within Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality is leading to an increased risk to public health and aquatic life. That’s according to an audit of the state’s pollution control program given to state lawmakers Friday.

Yankee Doodle Tailings Impoundment. Butte, MT. Oct. 3, 2018.
Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio

Thursday night, state environmental regulators are holding a public input meeting in Butte on Montana Resource’s application to expand the tailings impoundment next to their active copper mine there.

The viewing stand at the Berkeley Pit in September.
Nora Saks / MTPR

Construction on a long-awaited water treatment facility that will pump and treat toxic water from the Berkeley Pit officially began Monday in Butte.

Butte-Area Surface Water Features And Drainages.
Montana DEQ

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality wants public feedback on a mining company’s year old plan to expand the Yankee Doodle Tailings Impoundment above Butte.

Montana Resources wants to raise the height of the impoundment by 45 to 75 feet over about 336 acres.

Nick Mott

The latest fundraising reports say opponents of a ballot initiative aimed at protecting Montana waterways from mine pollution have raised about 25 percent more money than its supporters, despite not taking in any cash in August.

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