Montana Department of Environmental Quality

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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.

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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.

Rick Thompson fields public questions and comments at a state Department of Environmental Quality meeting on proposed radioactive oil waste rules in Glendive September 24.
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Earlier this year, Montana proposed quadrupling the upper limit of radioactive oil waste that could be disposed at certified sites. On Tuesday, the state Department of Environmental Quality held its first of two public hearings about the proposed rule change in Glendive.

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Talen Energy is proposing to install more wells to flush out and capture underground water reserves that were polluted by coal ash dumped into leaky holding ponds at eastern Montana's Colstrip power plant.

A pile of coal, 2012.
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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality opened a 30-day public comment period Tuesday for a proposed major revision at Spring Creek Coal Mine in southeast Montana. The revision could allow about 72 million tons of coal to be mined.

Patty Whitford stands in front of the pond on her property just outside Sidney, Montana.
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Montana proposed regulations on Friday that outline what facilities need to do to dispose of radioactive waste while also monitoring for environmental side effects.

Front of Custer Schools
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 A small Montana school an hour northeast of Billings recently detected lead in a school faucet.

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