Officials put Butte cleanup plan out to public

Thursday, April 11, 2019

BUTTE (AP) — U.S. environmental officials are taking comments from the public on a proposed final plan for the decadeslong Butte Superfund cleanup.

EPA Acting Regional Administrator Deb Thomas said in a statement Thursday that the plan addresses the remaining soil, waste and water quality concerns and seeks to bring closure to the community.

The EPA wants to remove Butte from the nation’s Superfund list by 2024.

The public comment period on the plan runs through June 11. The EPA also will hold two public meetings in Butte on April 23 and May 23.

Butte was declared a federal Superfund site in 1983 because of the damage done by more than a century of mining and smelting. Butte-Silver Bow officials say more than 600 acres of land have since been remediated and reclaimed.