Contaminated dirt at Mike Horse Mine is nearly gone

Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 20:36:26-04

LINCOLN — After spending tens of millions of dollars to remove nearly a million cubic yards of contaminated dirt, the cleanup at the Mike Horse Mine site east of Lincoln is nearing completion.

This weekend interested residents are being given a tour of the project to update the progress made this summer.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Forest Service, and other agencies have been working for years on cleanup and remediation at the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex.

After years of planning, the massive project got underway in 2014, moving tons of soil to be sealed in a new repository a few miles away, and restoring the watershed.

Now, the project is in its final stages.

Saturday, DEQ is leading a reservation-only tours so interested people can see the progress that's been made.

The tour will leave from Hooper Park, on the east side of Lincoln, at 10 am Saturday. Space is limited, and people interested in going should contact Joanne Wiggins at ***-***-****