Montana Resources: Butte tailings dam not likely to fail and flood cityNews Type: State Source: KXLF
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BUTTE – Could the dam holding back the 30,000 acres of mine waste and water north of Butte ever fail and flood the city?
“Everything built by man can fail,” said Mark Thompson of Montana Resources.
But it’s highly unlikely, according to Montana Resources officials, that the dam at the Yankee Doodle Tailings Impoundment could ever be breached. Concern about the dam came after the Atlantic-Richfield Co. that used to run the Butte mine called for an early warning system at the tailings impound in the event of a disaster. Montana Resources officials say there’s already a system in place.