WAYS: Alysia Cox Ventures to the Ocean Floor

WAYS: Alysia Cox Ventures to the Ocean Floor

“What Are You Studying?” is a new series from KBMF that will explore research being done by students and professors at universities in Montana. For the first episode, Dr. Alysia Cox of Montana Tech talks about her recent journey to the bottom of the Pacific in a submersible to collect samples and data from super hot vents protruding from rifts in the ocean floor.

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Superfund 101: Julia Crain and Pit Watch

Superfund 101: Julia Crain and Pit Watch

Pit Watch is a publication designed to inform the public of goings on with the large body of polluted water. Up until this point Pit Watch has been in print, but the board charged with maintaining it’s content is making the move to digital. In this episode of Superfund 101, Julia Crain of Butte’s Superfund Division lays out why the information in Pit Watch is so valuable and what they are hoping to change in the future.

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Superfund 101: Dr. Robert Pal and Montana Tech's Restoration Ecology Program

Superfund 101: Dr. Robert Pal and Montana Tech's Restoration Ecology Program

Dr. Robert Pal of Montana Tech’s Restoration Ecology Program talks in this episode about the intersection of responsible parties in the Butte Superfund complex with students and educator’s at the University. Robert oversees research and trials for native plant restoration on many caps in butte and also hosts a weekly restoration seminar at the campus.

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Superfund 101: Mark Thompson and The Butte Mine Flooding Operable Unit

Superfund 101: Mark Thompson and The Butte Mine Flooding Operable Unit

When Atlantic Richfield shut the pumps off at the Kelley Mine in 1982, water began to fill the Berkeley pit and the 10,000 miles of tunnels underneath Butte. This toxic network of waterways became BMFOU - the Butte Mine Flooding Operable Unit. AR and Montana Resources are cosigners of the consent decree and therefore responsible for the maintenance of the sight. Mark Thompson, VP of Environmental Affairs for MR, goes over the scope of work and details at the operable unit in this episode of Superfund 101.

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Superfund 101: Max Counter and the Chuquicamata Pit

Superfund 101: Max Counter and the Chuquicamata Pit

Max Counter is a PhD student at the University of Colorado in Boulder studying geography and land rights in Colombia. He is a Butte native and his travels have taken him to Butte’s sister copper mine in Chuquicamata, Chile. In this episode we draw lines from Butte to the Atacama Desert in an attempt to compare the two mines once simultaneously owned by the Anaconda Copper Company.

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Superfund 101: Mark Mariano and the Berkeley Pit Bird Mitigation Program

Superfund 101: Mark Mariano and the Berkeley Pit Bird Mitigation Program

Mark Mariano walks the rim of the Berkeley Pit at dawn and dusk at least five days a week looking for birds. After several thousand snow geese landed on the toxic waters in November of 2016, Montana Resources and Atlantic Richfield had to reevaluate the way they worked to keep birds out of the acidic and metal laden waters. In this interview Mark talks about what they have learned so far and the programs in place to avoid future disaster.

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Superfund 101: Katie Hailer's Presentation Before the Butte Council of Commissioners

Superfund 101: Katie Hailer's Presentation Before the Butte Council of Commissioners

At last week’s meeting, the Greeley Neighborhood Community Development Corporation Habitability and Mining Impact Task Force gave a presentation to the Butte Silver Bow Council of Commissioners on why they believe the neighborhood qualifies as a possible new operable unit under Superfund. Some of the main evidence for this claim comes from Montana Tech’s Dr. Katie Hailer. In this episode we look at the research she has done on air monitoring south of the current mining operations in Butte and the effects it may have on the population.

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Superfund 101: Senate Bill 409

Superfund 101: Senate Bill 409

After a tailings dam collapsed in British Columbia the Montana Mining Association wanted to take stock of how tailings were being stored in the state and prevent a similar disaster. The result of this was Senate Bill 409, an unprecedented move by the mining industry to self regulate the way tailings are stored for hard rock mines. In this episode I talk with one of the bills authors and president of the the Montana Mining Association, Mark Thompson.

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Superfund 101: Matt Vincent on I-186

Superfund 101: Matt Vincent on I-186

Matt Vincent is the former Chief Executive of Butte-Silver Bow and currently contracts with Montana Resources, a mining company in Butte. In this episode he expands on the perceived dangers of I-186, a ballot initiative that would limit the permitting of new mines to companies that prove they will not treat water in perpetuity to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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Superfund 101: David Brooks on I-186

Superfund 101: David Brooks on I-186

David Brooks is the Executive Director of Trout Unlimited in Montana, in this episode of Superfund 101 he talks about Initiative 186. Trout Unlimited sponsored the ballot initiative which, if passed, would require the Department of Environmental Quality to deny new mining permits to companies that fail to provide clear and convincing evidence that the mine will not need to perpetually treat polluted water.

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Superfund 101: Julia Crain and End Land Use in the Historic Silver Bow Creek Corridor

Superfund 101: Julia Crain and End Land Use in the Historic Silver Bow Creek Corridor

Julia Crain, the special projects planner for Butte Silver Bow, joins Superfund 101 for her second appearance to brainstorm end land use for Butte Area One and invite the public to attend a series of community building workshops, the next of which is occurring Thursday August 30th at Noon and 6pm in Butte Brewing’s Conference room.

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