Superfund 101: Community Tree Planting at the Lexington Mine Yard Happening Saturday, April 27th

Superfund 101: Community Tree Planting at the Lexington Mine Yard Happening Saturday, April 27th

Butte Silver Bow is hosting a community tree planting Saturday, April 27th at the Lexington Mine Yard. The event starts at noon and is open to the public. in this Episode of Superfund 101 I sit down with Dr. Robert pal of the Montana Tech Native Plant Program, Julia Crain of the City Planning Department and Butte Silver Bow Arborist Kathleen Humpa to talk about the importance of planting trees and shrubs on reclaimed areas in Butte. The event is free and family friendly, volunteers are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle and small gardening tools if available. for more information, contact Julia Crain at 406-497-6264.

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Superfund 101: Mark Mariano and Crested Wheatgrass

Superfund 101: Mark Mariano and Crested Wheatgrass

Crested wheatgrass is the anti-hero of restoration on the Butte Hill, some sing it’s praises as a tenacious reclamation grass that does what is needed to stall erosion. Others, like Mark Mariano, warn that it’s positive attributes are outweighed by other factors like it’s hostility towards other native species and tendency to bunch which could cause more serious erosion. Mr. Mariano takes us through the history of using this grass to cover capped sites in Butte, and what can be done to replace it with native plants in this two part series.

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Superfund 101: Bill MacGregor and The Health Perception Study

Superfund 101: Bill MacGregor and The Health Perception Study

A new study conducted by Citizens technical Environmental Committee seeks to gauge the public’s perceptions of health risks in Butte. The completed first part of the study was a survey mailed out to a random sampling of individuals and suggests there are significant shortcomings in how residents are informed of the dangers that come with living in a toxic site such as Butte. Part two of the study is underway and CTEC is seeking willing participants to sit for a one on one interview. CTEC board member Bill MacGregor explains the findings of the survey and their significance in this episode of Superfund 101.

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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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