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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.

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.


Montana Standard Editor David McCumber.
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Significant changes seem to be coming in the ongoing Butte Superfund cleanup.

EPA, Montana Reach Tentative Deal On Butte Cleanup Work

Jun 3, 2016
Uptown Butte, looking north, at the intersection of Main Street and Park Street in April, 2006.
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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana and federal officials have reached a tentative agreement on the removal of more contaminated mine waste around Butte.

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