Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Four stacks from the Colstrip power plant stick up into a blue sky
Eric Dietrich / Montana Free Press

Montana regulators say they expect to have $400 million in bonds in place by July to cover future cleanup costs at the Colstrip power plant.

 

But state lawmakers expressed skepticism over that time frame after regulators failed to meet previous deadlines to secure the money.

A glass being filled with water from a faucet.
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Montana has joined two dozen states and the District of Columbia in requiring all schools to test drinking water for lead.

A statue of a miner
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Montana officials say a Navajo Nation company may continue operating a coal mine for two more months amid negotiations over the terms of a state permit.

A man walking along the shore of a river with fishing gear on.
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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday that the Lower Gallatin Watershed is its next priority basin. This means hundreds of thousands of dollars will become available to address pollution in over half of the watershed’s major streams and rivers.

The Rosebud Mine just outside of Colstrip, Montana.
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State regulators are seeking public comment on a proposed wastewater treatment plan as part of an expansion of the Rosebud coal mine in southeastern Montana. 

Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a proposal to remediate pollution from wastewater facilities at Units 1 and 2 at the Colstrip Steam Electric Station.

A statue of a miner
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Montana officials reached a temporary deal on Friday that will allow one of the largest coal mines in the U.S. to reopen amid a legal dispute with its new owners from the Navajo Nation.

A statue of a miner
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Coal workers in Montana are out of a job until a Navajo-owned company and the state settle a dispute over the extent to which the Tribe is subject to state environmental law.

Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio


The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment for next month on the mitigation of Colstrip groundwater contamination.

This week, the parties in charge of the Superfund cleanup of the Butte Hill and urban creek corridors agreed on a final cleanup deal, marking a turning point in the Mining City’s decades long Superfund saga.

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