Montana Begins New Round of Clark Fork Mine Waste Cleanup

Montana Begins New Round of Clark Fork Mine Waste Cleanup

News Type: State Source: Montana Public Radio
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The state started new work this week to prevent toxic metals in century-old mine waste from seeping into the Upper Clark Fork River.

On a warm August morning, representatives of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the state’s Natural Resource Damage Program, and the nonprofit Clark Fork Coalition and I set out on a bright green raft for a float just south of Deer Lodge.

We’re on a scouting trip, to find where some of the most pressing work on the largest complex of Superfund sites in the country is about to begin. The decades-long cleanup of the area’s industrial past sprawls from Butte to Missoula.