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Superfund details delayed for Butte, Anaconda

Posted at 9:47 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 11:47:39-05

BUTTE – Butte and Anaconda will have to wait a bit longer for the details involving Superfund cleanup.

The signed decree was expected to be released before the end of the year, but the US Environmental Protection Agency needs more time to add recommendations and comments from several public meetings held in the two cities to the final report.

Those will detail several cleanup projects from more than a century’s worth of mining contamination in Butte and Anaconda, but local Superfund officials say it will be worth the wait.\

“It’s really good news, it’s disappointing that things take longer than we expect, but it’s just going to be that much more complete and thorough and it’ll expedite our review of those documents,” said Butte Superfund Coordinator Jon Sesso.

Once released, the Butte Council of Commissioners will vote on whether to approve the final decree, which is now expected to be released early next year.