Montana DEQ

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.

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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has determined that a portion of the Rosebud Mine in Colstrip, Montana, has reached its pre-development condition

Around 1000 acres of Rosebud Mine, Area E, have been re-soiled, reseeded, and reclaimed. 

That’s according to Chris Yde with Montana DEQ.

“It will basically be used for livestock grazing and wildlife habitat,” said Yde. “But now that we have released jurisdiction on it, it can go back to the post-mine landowners and then it will be up to the post-mine landowners to determine what it’s used for.”